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.
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.
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.
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
- Cooler Master keyboard F10 key
- Dell keyboard F10 key
- HP keyboard F10 key
- Lenovo ThinkPad F10 key
- Logitech keyboard F10 key
- Microsoft Surface F10 key
Apple keyboard F10 key
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
HP keyboard F10 key
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
Microsoft Surface F10 key
Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.