Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How to disable or enable fn keys in HP laptops?

I have been struggling with fn keys with my new HP laptop. In all (many) new HP laptops these key are mapped to action keys by default. Action Keys are nothing but special functional keys which can be used to up/down volume, brightness projector etc.

But if you want to use F1 key for Help you have to press Fn+F1. This is annoying at times. I checked with HP service center, they said i cannot be changed. i was shocked. Later i came to know from friend that it can be changed in bios settings. It was as simple as 1,2, 3..

follow this procedure

1. restart the pc

2. keep tapping ESC (or the key which takes you to bios settings )

3.go to system configurations

4. there find the Action Key Mode

5. Disable it

Thats it..


  1. There is no Action Key Mode.


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