If your Function key isn’t working, here are some easy fixes so you can take advantage of its convenience again.
Function Keys give you a faster and easier way to control some hardware features. Using the Fn key, you can adjust screen brightness, control speaker volume, or turn airplane mode on and off, among many functions.
But sometimes it stops working and now you have to open Action Center or Settings every time you need to adjust your computer settings. If this happened to you, our guide will help you fix it.
Make sure the Fn Key is Unlocked
Most of the time, the Fn key stops working because someone accidentally pressed the key Fn lock. Knob Fn lock also affect other toggle buttons like Caps lock or Num Lock so it’s easy to tell if the Fn key is locked.
On your keyboard, look for the key Fn, F lock, or F Mode. Depending on your laptop, you may need to press once or press and hold for a few seconds. If this doesn’t work, press the button Fn and Esc simultaneously.
Then, try using one of the Function keys.
Check Your Keyboard
If certain Fn keys still work, it may be a sign to clean your keyboard. If it’s been a while since the last cleaning, there may be enough dust on your keyboard to stop it from functioning as usual. If you are knowledgeable enough, you can clean your own laptop as long as you have the right tools.
Also, if you have already connected a keyboard to your computer, try these quick fixes:
- Disconnect and reconnect the keyboard.
- For Bluetooth keyboards, remove the battery, wait a few minutes and reconnect it.
- Connect your keyboard to another computer and check if the Fn key is now working.
Run the Troubleshooter Hardware and Devices
On earlier versions of Windows, you can access the troubleshooter Hardware and Devices through Control Panel. Now, you need a command line to access it. Here is how you can do it:
- In the Start menu search bar, search for command prompt and choose the most suitable.
- Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic.
- Press Enter.
This will bring up Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. In the window, click Next to start the troubleshooting process
Run Keyboard Troubleshooter
If the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter wasn’t enough to fix your problem and get the Fn key working again, there are other Windows tools you can use. This time, you can access it via Settings.
- open Settings and open Updates & Security.
- From the left pane, select Troubleshoot.
- Click Additional troubleshooters.
- From Find and fix other problems, click Keyboard > Run the troubleshooter.
Turn off Filter Button
In Windows, the Filter Keys feature is designed to stop repeated keypresses. However, disabling it may have a positive impact on the functionality of the Fn key.
- open Control Panel.
- Go to View by and select Large Icons and Small icons.
- Click Ease of Access Center.
- From list Explore all settings, choose Make the keyboard easier to use.
- Go to the Create section Make it easier to type and uncheck the option Turn on Filter Keys.
- Click Apply > OK to save your new changes.
Update Your Keyboard Driver
It is possible that the Fn key stopped working due to an outdated, corrupted, or corrupted driver. In this case, updating the keyboard driver will fix the problem.
Follow these steps to update the keyboard driver with Device Manager:
- Right click Start and select Device Manager.
- Expand list Keyboard.
- Right click the driver and select Update drivers.
- choose Search automatically for drivers and click Start.
If you want to download a keyboard driver from the manufacturer’s website, make sure you get the right driver for your version of Windows and processor type. Otherwise, it will cause more problems.
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There you have it. List of quick and easy solutions to fix your computer’s Fn key. However, if the level of comfort provided by the Fn key isn’t enough for you, try an app that allows you to remap your keyboard.