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How to change the FN key settings in Windows 11?

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As an avid laptop or computer user, you may have noticed the Function keys on your keyboard.

These keys perform different functions, such as adjusting your device’s brightness, volume, or playback. Usually, the keys perform their standard functions. But some people may want to use them without pressing the Fn key.

In this article, we’ll explain three quick ways to change the Fn key settings in Windows 11 using three methods.

Method 1: Use the keyboard shortcut

This is perhaps the easiest method to block the Fn key or change its settings. However, the exact shortcut depends on your laptop model and manufacturer.

Check your manufacturer’s website or manual for more information about the shortcuts.

For instance, pressing Fn + Esc in the Dell laptops can lock or unlock the Fn key, while on many HP laptops, the shortcut is Fn + Shift.

You may be wondering what locking Fn means. If you lock the Fn key, you can use the Function keys at the top without pressing the Fn key.

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Method 2: Change Fn key settings via BIOS

Another way to change the Fn key settings is via BIOS. There are also different ways to access BIOS on different devices.

Here is an article on different ways to access BIOS in Windows.

Once you have accessed the BIOS, head to System Configuration > Action keys mode and press Enter to disable or enable the feature.

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Method 3: Using the UEFI settings

The third method to change Fn key settings in Windows 11 is via the UEFI settings. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Press the Windows key + I to open Windows Settings. Next, head to Windows Update > Advanced Settings.

Step 2: Next, select Recovery.

Step 3: Next, click the Restart now option before Advanced startup.

Step 4: After the system has restarted, select Troubleshoot.

Step 5: Next, select Advanced options.

Step 6: Select UEFI Firmware Settings.

After that, navigate to Configuration > Hotkey Mode > Enable/Disable.

In conclusion, changing the Fn key settings in Windows 11 is easy. It can be done via the keyboard shortcuts, BIOS, and UEFI settings.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

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