Function keys

As you can see in the picture of the Saitek Gamers' keyboard below, the function keys are lined along the top of the keyboard and labeled F1 through F12. These keys act as shortcuts, performing certain functions, like saving files or printing data. The function of these keys can differ by operating system and by software program.

Function keys locations

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the function keys (F1 through F12) highlighted in blue.

Keyboard function keys

In the past, earlier Apple Macintosh computers did not have function keys, but today new keyboards include F1 through F12 or F1 through F19 keys at the top of the keyboard.

Note: Some early IBM computer keyboards had two rows of function keys, with the second row containing F13 - F24. For additional information, visit our page on the F1 through F12 keys and their individual functions.

Tip: The function keys should not be confused with the Fn (function) key found on laptop computer keyboards.

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Also see: Function, Keyboard, Keyboard terms