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; labeled F1 through F12. These keys act as shortcuts, performing certain functions like saving files or printing data.

Function keys on computer keyboard

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

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