Windows 10: Reversed function keys?

Discus and support Reversed function keys? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; When I press F2, F3 etc. the use seems to be 'toggled' wrongly. Only if I press the FN key first do I get the usual function (rename for F2 and so on).... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by martinlest, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Reversed function keys?

    When I press F2, F3 etc. the use seems to be 'toggled' wrongly. Only if I press the FN key first do I get the usual function (rename for F2 and so on). Otherwise, the screen gets brighter, or whatever..

    I spent some time Googling this but the only 'solution' that seemed to work was to hold the FN key down for 10 seconds. That works for the first time you use a function key, but immediately afterwards the behaviour returns to how it was before.

    Is there a setting somewhere or does anyone know of a fix that will return the F keys to their 'proper' use? (Why on earth have Windows changed this??)

    Thank you,


    martinlest, Sep 27, 2018

  2. Reversed Function Keys

    Did you check every setting on the advanced tab?

    Go to the support downloads web page for the PC model to download its manual and read about how to reverse the function keys if available.
    Greg Carmack - MVP, Sep 27, 2018
  3. alt-key functionality

    Hi Steven,

    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps:

    • Single Click on the file.
    • Tap F2 ( Function Key).
    • Then type the name and enter.
    Hope this answers your query and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.
    Andria Maria Mendez, Sep 27, 2018
  4. alexxai Win User

    Reversed function keys?

    Help! function FN keys behavior reversed


    I must have hit some combination of keys on my Nokia Booklet 3G because now the function keys operate as F1, F2, etc normally, and I have to hold the 'fn' key to use the music, volume, screen controls. It's not that big of a deal, but it's a little annoying
    and it's frustrating me that I can't turn it back to how it was. I've tried plugging in a USB keyboard and trying every combination of fn, numlk, scrllk, shift, ctrl, alt, you name it but nothing seems to reverse this behavior. Anyone have any ideas?
    alexxai, Sep 27, 2018

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