Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
F6 key

The F6 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key moves 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 the 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.

Internet browsers

Move the cursor to the address bar in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and most other Internet browsers.

Microsoft Excel

Move to the next pane.

Microsoft Word

Ctrl+Shift+F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.

The secondary function of the F6

Each function key has two functions for a laptop and desktop computer keyboard with the Fn key. Unfortunately, there's no standard to what each key uses as its secondary function, so every keyboard is different. Below are keyboards and their secondary function for the F6 key.

Apple keyboard F6 key

The default F6 key primary function on the MacBook increases the keyboard backlight. Pressing fn+F6 for the secondary function is F6.

Cooler Master keyboard F6 key

On Cooler Master desktop keyboards, the F6 secondary function is one of the following options depending on the model.

Dell keyboard F6 key

The F6 key secondary function on Dell laptop keyboards is to mute and unmute the volume.

HP (Hewlett-Packard) keyboard F6 key

On Hewlett-Packard laptop keyboards with a sound icon and a circle with a cross, the secondary F6 function is to mute the audio.

Lenovo ThinkPad F6 key

On the IBM and Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards with a sun symbol next to a plus, the F6 key secondary function increases the brightness.

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

On Microsoft Surface laptops, the F6 key secondary function increases the audio volume.

Where is the F6 key on my smartphone or tablet?

Smartphones and tablets don't have keyboards like you'd find on a desktop and laptop and therefore don't have an F6 key.

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

Fn, Function keys, Keyboard, Keyboard terms