How to Unlock Function Keys on Your Dell Laptop without Setting in BIOS/UEFI – review information

“As the function keys on my Dell Inspiron Laptop are locked accidentally, I need to tap the function key and the Fn key together to realize the wanted function like refreshing the page, which is inconvenient. After searching on the Internet, I find that setting in BIOS/UEFI can unlock the Dell function keys, but this way doesn’t work because I fail to enter the BIOS menu after several trials. Is there any easy but useful way to unlock the function keys on my Dell Laptop?”

The Dell keys F1-F12 at the top row of the keyboard can be used to control the mutil-medias(at this time, they are named multimedia keys)or execute the classic functions of F1-F12( at this time, they are called function keys) each time. When the Dell F1-F12 keys act as the multimedia keys, which means that the classic functions of the function keys are locked, you just can hold the function key down and tap the Fn key at the same time to run the wanted classic function. To help you use the function keys conveniently, we illustrate two simple methods for you to unlock the function keys on your Dell laptop below.

Method 1: Unlock the Dell Keyboard Function Keys with Keys

Method 2: Unlock the Dell Keyboard Function Keys via the Windows Mobility Center

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Method 1: Unlock the Dell Keyboard Function Keys with Keys

Find the key with the Fn Lock icon in your keyboard (usually the Esc keyesc key with fn lock function). After that, press Fn Lock key + Fn Key(in the lower-left corner of the keyboard). Then you can use the function key by pressing it directly.

Tips: If the Fn key is in locked status, you can press the Fn key+ Num Lock key to unlock it.

Method 2: Unlock the Dell Keyboard Function Keys via the Windows Mobility Center

Step 1. Search Windows Mobility Center in the search bar beside the Start menu button. And then click the Windows Mobility Center option among the search results.

Step 2. On the open Windows Mobility Center, select the Function key option under the Function Key Row button. Now, the function keys can be utilized with a simple hit.

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Tips: The two ways above can also apply to unlock the multimedia keys for Dell laptops.


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