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Dell laptop – FN function keys problem resolved

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As one of the problem I found with the laptop now a days is the keys those are with the Function keys. As a developer, we require to setup function key as priority instead of other keys. But by default, we need to press FN+Function key.

To change this behavior

1. First Solution:-

You can use the Function Key Behaviour setting in the System Setup (BIOS) utility to configure the media control keys. The options in the Function Key Behaviour setting are:

Multimedia Key First – This is the default option. Press any multimedia key directly. For function key, press <Fn> + the required function key.

Function Key First – Press any function key directly. For multimedia key, press <Fn> + the required multimedia key.

NOTE: Multimedia Key First option is active only in the operating system. During POST, press <F2> or <F12> directly.

2. Second Solution:-

Just go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Adjust commonly used mobility settings -> Fn Key Behavior

Change it to "Function key"



Written by Manish

March 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Time Saver

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  1. Hi Dear,

    Thank you.

    I was thinking my Laptop was unique. However many have faced same issues.

    Vijay Modi πŸ™‚

    Vijay Modi

    March 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

  2. In Windows 7, this setting can also be changed through the Windows Mobility Center. Look for the “Function Key Row” setting and change it to “Function Key”.


    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 am

    • hi gary where exactly can i do that?


      June 15, 2011 at 2:27 am

    • Wow! Thanks so much for this recommendation. thought i had to live with the problem. but now, it’s solved!
      thanks again!


      August 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

  3. Thank you ! i’ve used the 2nd solution and it’s works great in my computer (dell n5010, win 7 home 64 bit) πŸ™‚


    July 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

  4. Hello,
    I would like to ask how to put working Fn Functions on VAIO NW21SF_T with Windows 7 64 because pressing Fn and Function keys do not work.


    October 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

  5. Found another way to get to this setting for my Dell N7010 with windows 7 [windows key] + x opens the windows mobility center the function key row setting is under the Dell logo. Change form Multimedia key to Function key

    No thanks

    December 15, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    • I cant change this settings as I dont have a dell logo in my “Windows Mobility Configuration” under which we can change the Fn settings.
      Please Help…

      Info about my laptop : Dell Inspirion 1545 Windows 7 62bit


      November 24, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    • thanks buddy


      March 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  6. Thank you! it’s was only in Control Panel fuck dell.


    January 17, 2011 at 2:12 am

  7. The default setting for function vs multimedia keys is in the BIOS, but my Studio 1557 no longer respects this setting. I upgraded BIOS to latest version from Dell site, but no difference. I have to use the QuickSet utility to change it every time I boot up!!!! grrrrr.


    April 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    • Which operating system do you have? Is it windows 7?


      April 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  8. I have windows 7 and i cant find the way to the second solution please help


    June 15, 2011 at 2:56 am

  9. Thank you for this info. Saved me alot of time and frustration. Mostly turning the brightness up to refresh a page.

    Dell do seem to have put alot of useless extra software on their laptop. Probably wont buy again


    July 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

  10. Thank You VERY VERY much…..I thought of this issue as a bug in my lappy….but yeah dell has provided provisions……..once again thanks ….


    July 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    • Excellent help. A person with a visual impairment could not use this laptop without this adjustment.


      October 24, 2011 at 12:34 am

  11. Thanks I have done very useful


    March 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

  12. thanku….u seemed to have saved many lives here… πŸ™‚


    March 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

  13. My control panel doesn’t have “Hardware and Sound”. I have Windows 7, what’s up?? PLEASE HELP!!!

    some random guy

    March 29, 2012 at 5:24 am

  14. NVM my above comment. I opened up the thing but it doesn’t show any Fn key thing!! NOW PLEASE HELP!

    some random guy

    March 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

    • Can’t you find Adjust commonly used mobility settings. can you please try 1st one?


      March 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  15. Thanks alot!


    May 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  16. thanks to your response which was still out there, I was able to get the wireless function working finally…just needed to hold the FN key while hitting the F2 function key…spent all afternoon trying to get help on this!


    August 20, 2012 at 6:32 am

  17. I opened windows moblity centre but there is no dell logo & doesn’t show any funtion key options , so what should i do. plz help.


    August 25, 2012 at 12:27 am

    • same.. I feel doomed.


      February 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

  18. Guys in my dell there is no functional key behaviour option in the windows mobility center settings.. Any answers would be helpful…


    October 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  19. go to windows mobility center in windows 7 and change function keys between multimedia key and function key.

    Shashank Shekhar

    October 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  20. wow… I really liked the post.. I am now able to work on it… thankyou very much.. I was thinking of another Laptop just for this… but the post helped me to use my laptop more effectively..

    Anil Verma

    March 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    • how to go in to go to windows mobility center in windows 7


      June 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm




    June 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

  22. Thanksss a ton Maniish…….Thanks you very much for sharing πŸ™‚


    July 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  23. Its working , As per your second option.


    July 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

  24. thanks its working thank u….


    December 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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