Short for Function, the Fn keyboard key is found on the bottom left portion of a laptop keyboard and used to perform special functions on the laptop such as turning up the brightness or contrast, switching video modes, or printing the screen.

Laptop Fn function keyboard key

Above, is an example of the Fn keyboard key found on a laptop. As can be seen in this example, the laptop has a color coded Fn key and matching colors on the keys with symbols representing what the keys do. In this example, pressing and holding down the Fn key and pressing the up or down arrows would increase or decrease the brightness. Other laptops may have the Fn key with a square around it and similar symbols on other keys such as the F7 and F8 key.

Tip: This key is almost always located in the bottom left-hand side of the keyboard by the Ctrl key.

Tip: The Fn key should not be confused with the Function keys F1 - F12 found on all computer keyboards.

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Also see: Keyboard terms, Laptop