The F7 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is used to spell check a document. As mentioned below, F7 also has other uses depending on the computer and program.
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 fn, 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 the secondary function is found in the below secondary function of the F7 section.
If the F7 key is not working on the keyboard, see: Some keys on my computer keyboard aren't working.
Where is the F7 key used?
The following list is all the locations where the F7 key can be used with information about its use.
The F7 function key is used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and other Office products. Shift+F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the highlighted word.
Open the Layers panel in Adobe Photoshop.
Windows command line
In the Windows command line, press F7 to view the history of all the commands entered in that window.
The secondary function of the F7
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 F7 key.
- Apple keyboard F7 key
- Cooler Master keyboard F7 key
- Dell keyboard F7 key
- HP (Hewlett-Packard) 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 keyboard, 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 (Hewlett-Packard) 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
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Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.