The function keys on our laptops as multimedia keys that allow us to manage screen brightness, manage the volume, toggle the WI-FI switch, mute/unmute the speakers, pause/play a video, etc. Function keys, in other words, are F1-F12 simply these keys perform their multimedia functions by holding down Fn key in your keyboard.
If you are looking for disabling these multimedia functions for these keys then there’s a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. If the functions keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with you, you need to look at your system’s BIOS to sort it out.
How To Disable The Multimedia Actions (Reviews)
To disable the multimedia function keys, you need to get into the system BIOS. For this, you will have to repeatedly tap the Esc or F2 on your laptop right after you turn it on. Remember, for HP laptops it’s the Esc and F10 for varies model from the model and for dell it’s the F2 key. When your system is booting up the key you need to hold down is shown but, it shows for a split second at best you might miss it. To avoid guesswork, Google “In order to boot into BIOS what key you need to hold down”.
I hope you succeed to get into the system. Inside, go to the “System Configuration” tab and look for “Action Keys Mode”. If the keys are enabled, they will function as multimedia keys by default. In order to use their actual functions, you will have to hold down the Fn key. If you didn’t get my point then you need to look at the screenshot below:
By disabling the action keys mode it means function keys are no longer to control brightness, volume, media playback, etc on your screen. Simply disable it and save the changes you’ve made.
Boot to your desktop like you normally do, and the function keys will do what they were meant to do like F1: Opens the help page of the working program. F2: Renames the highlighted file or icon. Alt+F4 key closes all active Windows. You won’t need to hold down the Fn key any longer.
Some PC’s might allow you to enable/disable this functions via the Windows Mobility Center. The laptops will likely come packaged with an app from the manufacturer that makes this easy to do without having to go to the BIOS. It’s worth trying if you are nervous about changing something in the BIOS. Simply type Win+X and look for the function key settings in the Windows Mobility Center.