How to Unlock the F8 Key on a Dell Laptop

by Daniel Hatter

Because of the small amount of space available, many smaller-screened Dell laptops come with a special key known as the "Function," or "Fn" key. The purpose of this key is to double the functions of multiple keys, most commonly the F1 through F12 keys. On some Dell laptops, the F1 through F12 keys are locked from use to give way to more commonly accessed commands and program shortcuts. However, unlocking an "F" key, such as F8, is not difficult.

Press and hold the "Fn" key on your laptop's keyboard. This key will usually be shaded blue and is located in the bottom row.

Press the F8 key on your keyboard while still holding the "Fn" key. This will have unlocked the F8 key.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 as necessary to unlock any other "F" keys you wish to use.

About the Author

Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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