The F6 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is often used to move the text cursor to the address bar in an Internet browser. As mentioned below, F6 also has other uses depending on the computer and program.
How to use the F6 key
Open the program that uses the key and press F6. If the F6 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 F6.
If when pressing the F6 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 F6, hold down fn, and press F6.
If the FnLk (function lock) is enabled, the keyboard acts as if the Fn key is being pressed until it is unlocked.
Information about the secondary function is found in the below secondary function of F6 section.
If the F6 key is not working on the keyboard, see: Some keys on my computer keyboard aren't working.
Where is the F6 key used?
The following list is all the locations where the F6 key can be used with information about its use.
Move to the next pane.
Ctrl+Shift+F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
The secondary function of F6
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 F6 key.
- Apple keyboard F6 key
- Cooler Master keyboard F6 key
- Dell keyboard F6 key
- HP keyboard F6 key
- Lenovo ThinkPad F6 key
- Logitech keyboard F6 key
- Microsoft Surface F6 key
Apple keyboard F6 key
Cooler Master keyboard F6 key
On Cooler Master desktop keyboards, the F6 secondary function is one of the following options depending on the model.
- With a single-color keyboard backlight keyboards, FN+F6 stops the audio in supported programs (e.g., Windows Media Player).
- With a multiple backlight colors (RGB) keyboard, FN+F6 adjusts the lighting zones and direction.
Dell keyboard F6 key
HP keyboard F6 key
Lenovo ThinkPad F6 key
Logitech keyboard F6 key
On Logitech keyboards with a light bulb in a folder on the key, the F6 key loads the saved backlight keyboard profile. Logitech keyboards with two arrows pointing to the left rewind or goes to the previous track in supported media players.
Microsoft Surface F6 key
Where is the F6 key on my smartphone or tablet?
Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.