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Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2014-04-02, 17:44 PM

I have just bought a new W540 and it's almost impossible to work with common software packages that heavily use F1-F12. Every time I want to use the F1-F12 keys, I have to press also the Fn key. For me this is a problematic change from my previous T510 machine...

 

Is there a way to swap the default behavior of the multimedia keys with the F1-F12 legacy keys?

 

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Re: Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2014-04-02, 18:06 PM

Good day and welcome to the community.

 

Have a look at >>> http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T440-Reverse-FN-Key/m-p/1422663

and see if your W540 has a similar way to swap the key functions as in the T440.

 

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Re: Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2014-04-02, 18:06 PM

Good day and welcome to the community.

 

Have a look at >>> http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T440-Reverse-FN-Key/m-p/1422663

and see if your W540 has a similar way to swap the key functions as in the T440.

 

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Re: Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2014-04-02, 18:12 PM

Hello and welcome,

 

Have a look at page 22 of the (English) User Guide

 

Does the Fn Lock function (Fn+ESC) do what you need?

 

[edit] Hi POST a little late - sarbin beat me to it :)

 

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Re: Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2014-04-02, 18:15 PM

Hi all,

Thank you for the speedy response. 

Yes, the Fn+Esc did the trick.

Thank you again.

Haim

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2014-04-02, 18:24 PM

@haimen...

From both of us, you're welcome. Glad we could help.

 

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Re: Switch functionality of multimedia keys with legacy F1-F12 - hotkey swap

2019-11-20, 5:57 AM

>> Yes, the Fn+Esc did the trick. <<

Great, so the default is "Multimedia" for a workstation.  I tried MANY times in BIOS to PERMANENTLY swith or [ENABLE] the "F1-F12 as Primary Function", yet after several  reboot or days, the W540 reverts back to the toy functions spontaneously! This should NOT BE THE BEHAVIOUR of a workstation.  A Workstation DEFAULT should be F1-F12 and  the Multimedia keys should be the alternate function.  F symbols also too small.  I had to add a pTouch label tape with the F keys defined.  ibid. on the W541.  Using BIOS 2.40

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