F10

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
F10 key

The F10 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is most often used to activate the menu bar or Ribbon of an open Windows application. F10 also has other uses depending on the computer and program, as mentioned below.

How to use the F10 key

Open the program that uses the key and press F10. If the F10 key also has an icon on the key, it indicates the key has a secondary function. To use the secondary function, press and hold down the Fn key, and while continuing to hold the key, press F10.

If when pressing the F10 key the secondary function is performed (e.g., mutes audio), the function keys are the secondary function. For example, on an Apple computer, to press F10, hold down the fn key, and press F10.

Note

If the FnLk (function lock) is enabled, the keyboard acts as if the Fn key is being pressed until it is unlocked.

Information about what the secondary function may be is found on the below secondary function of F10 section.

Where is the F10 key used?

The following list is all of the locations the F10 key can be used with information about how it's used.

Microsoft Windows

In most Microsoft Windows programs, the default function of F10 activates the menu bar or Ribbon of an open application. Pressing Shift+F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.

Apple macOS

With macOS 10.3 or later, shows all open Windows for the active program.

Enter BIOS setup

On many PCs, as the computer is booting, you'll see an option to press the F10 key to enter setup. Pressing F10 when this message is displayed enters the BIOS or CMOS setup.

Other F10 uses

Access the hidden recovery partition on Compaq, HP, and Sony computers.

The secondary function of F10

For laptop keyboards and desktop computer keyboards with the Fn key, each function key has two functions. Unfortunately, there's no standard to what each key uses as its secondary function, so every keyboard is different. Below is a list of different keyboards and their secondary function for the F10 key.

Apple keyboard F10 key

On Apple keyboards, the default F10 key primary function is to mute the audio. Pressing the fn+F10 for the secondary function is F10.

Cooler Master keyboard F10 key

On Cooler Master desktop keyboards, the F10 secondary function is one of the following options depending on the model.

  • With a single-color keyboard backlight keyboards, FN+F10 decreases the audio volume.
  • With a multiple backlight colors (RGB) keyboard, FN+F10 sets turbo repeat rate mode.

Dell keyboard F10 key

On Dell laptop keyboards, the F10 key secondary function is to mute and unmute the volume.

HP keyboard F10 key

On Hewlett-Packard laptop keyboards with a right triangle and two lines, the F10 key secondary function is used to play and pause in supported media players.

Lenovo ThinkPad F10 key

On the IBM and Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards with a magnifying glass symbol, the F9 key secondary function opens the search. For keyboards with the Bluetooth symbol, the F9 key secondary function enables and disables Bluetooth.

Logitech keyboard F10 key

On Logitech keyboards with a solid box, the F9 key is used to stop in supported media players. Logitech keyboards with a speaker icon next to a single line is used to turn down the audio.

Microsoft Surface F10 key

On the Microsoft Surface laptops, the F10 key secondary function is the End key.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Fn, Function keys, Keyboard, Keyboard terms