The amazing ways the function keys F1 to F12 can save you a ton of time

Have not you always wondered what those little function keys F1 through F12, at the top of your keyboard do? are not there to gather dust. They fulfill different functions, and some of them are really useful.

You’ve probably only used them to adjust your volume or screen brightness, but they actually do a lot more.

Here’s the answer to the mystery of those function keys. You will be surprised by how much they can do.


F1

  • Open help menu when pressed F1 key and the Windows button for Microsoft
  • Hides/displays ribbon menu in Excel and Word when hit with Control button

F2

  • Hit Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens Document Library in Microsoft Office
  • Allows you to edit the selected folder or file name in Windows Explorer
  • Hit Ctrl+F2 opens print preview

F3

  • Opens search feature in Windows Explorer
  • Shift + F3 lets you change from lowercase to uppercase to all caps in Word
  • Opens find feature in Firefox and Chrome

F4

  • Hit the F4 + Alt closes window
  • Places the cursor in the address bar in Explorer

F5

  • Starts slideshow in PowerPoint
  • Hit the F5 key to refresh the page you are on.
  • Opens Find and Replace in Microsoft Office

F6

  • Goes to the next page in a split screen in Microsoft Word
  • Ctrl + F6 lets you easily switch between Word documents

F7

  • Alt + F7 does a spelling and grammar check in Microsoft Word
  • Shift + F7 open Thesaurus in Microsoft Word

F8

  • In Excel, enables extend mode for arrow keys
  • Enables safe mode in Windows

F9

  • Ctrl + F9 inserts empty fields into Word
  • Updates fields in Word

F10

  • Opens menu bar
  • Ctrl + F10 maximizes window in Word
  • Shift + F10 does the same thing as a right click

F11

  • Exits and enter full screen mode in browsers
  • Shift + F11 adds a new spreadsheet in Excel

F12

  • Opens Save As in Word
  • Shift + F12 saves Word document
  • Ctrl + F12 opens Word document

Keep in mind that some of this function key shortcuts are different depending on the type of computer you have.