Key Types

The keyboard has several different types of keys. Some keys perform specific actions when pressed alone and other actions when pressed in combination with another key.


Key Type


Function keys

Press these keys labeled F1 to F12 to perform actions in programs. For example, pressing F1 may open help. Each program uses different function keys for different purposes. See the program documentation to find out more about the function key actions.

System keys

Press these colored keys in combination with the Fn key to perform specific actions. See "System Hotkeys" on page 14.

Navigation keys

Press these keys to move the cursor to the beginning of a line, to the end of a line, up the page, down the page, to the beginning of a document, or to the end of a document.

Fn key

Press the Fn key in combination with a colored system key to perform a specific action.

Windows key

Press this key to open the Windows Start menu. This key can also be used in combination with other keys to open utilities. See "Windows Keys" on page 13.


Application key

Press this key for quick access to shortcut menus and help assistants in Windows.


Arrow keys

Press these keys to move the cursor up, down, right, or left.

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