How to Disable Fn On Lenovo Laptop
Key Fn, located at the very bottom of laptop keyboards, it is necessary to call the second mode of the keys of the F1-F12 series. In the latest laptop models, manufacturers have increasingly begun to make the multimedia mode of the F-keys the main one, and their main purpose has faded into the background and requires the simultaneous pressing of Fn. For some users, this option seems convenient, for the second, on the contrary, no. In this article, we will discuss how to enable or disable Fn.
Enabling and disabling Fn on a laptop keyboard
As mentioned above, depending on what purpose the laptop is used for, a number of F-keys are used differently for each user. Some of them need precisely functional F-keys, while others are more comfortable with their multimedia mode. When the desired does not match the reality, you can refer to the ways to enable and disable the key Fn and, as a result, the work of the entire series of F-keys.
Method 1: Keyboard Shortcut
This option is far from universal, because depending on the brand and model of the laptop, the set of secondary assignments for the top row of keys varies. Nevertheless, it may help some of the readers, and they will not have to move on to a more laborious method.
Inspect the top row of laptop keys. If there is an icon with a lock, blocking / allowing work Fn, try to use it. Often such an icon is located on Esc, but maybe it could be in another place.
In addition, sometimes instead of the castle there is an inscription “FnLk” or “FnLock”, as in the example below.
Press shortcut Fn esc, to unlock / block the operation of the additional F-row mode.
This feature is available in certain laptop models Lenovo, Dell, ASUS and some others. In modern HP, Acer, etc. blocking, as a rule, is absent.
Method 2: BIOS Settings
If you just want to change the operating mode of the F-keys from functional to multimedia or vice versa, without completely disabling the Fn key, use the BIOS options. Now, in almost all laptops, this feature switches there, and by default, after purchasing the device, a multimedia mode is activated, thanks to which the user can control the brightness of the display, volume, rewind and other options.
It is expanded on how to change the operating mode of F-keys via BIOS, it is written in the material at the link below.
Method 3: Download the driver
For work Fn and the F-row subordinate to her, oddly enough, the driver answers. In its absence, the user will need to go to the official website of the laptop manufacturer and contact the support section. Usually, any drivers are downloaded from there.
Next, from the list of drivers for your version of Windows (7, 8, 10) you need to find a program (or several programs at once, if they are separated by commas in the list below), which is responsible for the operation of hot keys. She / they can only download and install like any other software:
- HP. HP Software Framework, “HP On-Screen Display”, HP Quick Launch, “HP Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)”. Some applications for a particular laptop model may not be available;
- ASUS. ATKPackage;
- Acer. “Launch Manager”;
- Lenovo. Lenovo Energy Management / Lenovo Power Management (or “Lenovo OnScreen Display Utility”, “Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI) Driver”);
- Dell. Dell QuickSet Application (or Dell Power Manager Lite Application / Dell Foundation Services. Application / “Dell Function Keys”);
- Sony. “Sony Firmware Extension Parser Driver”, “Sony Shared Library”, “Sony Notebook Utilities” (or “Vaio Control Center”) For certain models, the list of available drivers will be smaller;
- Samsung. “Easy Display Manager”;
- Toshiba. Hotkey Utility.
Now you know how you can not only enable and disable work Fn, but also to change the operating mode of the entire series of F-keys, partially controlled by a function key.
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