The F7 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is most often used to spell check a document. F7 also has other uses depending on the computer and program, as mentioned below.
How to use the F7 key
Open the program that uses the key and press F7. If the F7 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 F7.
If when pressing the F7 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 F7, hold down the fn key, and press F7.
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 F7 section.
Where is the F7 key used?
The following list is all of the locations the F7 key can be used with information about how it's used.
The F7 key is commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, and other Office products. Shift+F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
Open the Layers panel in Adobe Photoshop.
Windows command line
While in the Windows command line, press the F7 to view a history of all the commands entered in that window.
The secondary function of F7
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 F7 key.
- Apple keyboard F7 key
- Cooler Master keyboard F7 key
- Dell keyboard F7 key
- HP keyboard F7 key
- Lenovo ThinkPad F7 key
- Logitech keyboard F7 key
- Microsoft Surface F7 key
Apple keyboard F7 key
Cooler Master keyboard F7 key
On Cooler Master desktop keyboards, the F7 secondary function is one of the following options depending on the model.
- With a single-color keyboard backlight keyboards, FN+F7 skips to the previous audio track or song in supported programs (e.g., Windows Media Player).
- With a multiple backlight colors (RGB) keyboard, FN+F7 adjusts the speed of a lighting effect.
Dell keyboard F7 key
HP keyboard F7 key
On Hewlett-Packard laptop keyboards with a screen or box symbol on the F7 key, the secondary F7 function turns down the audio.
Lenovo ThinkPad F7 key
Logitech keyboard F7 key
On Logitech keyboards with a sun on the key, the F7 key adjusts the backlight keyboard brightness. Logitech keyboards with a triangle pointing to the right and two lines play and pause in media players.
Microsoft Surface F7 key
Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.