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KleinC
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How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Whenever I click F1 it opens Windows Help and Support. I've read about forums on how to disable it but none for Windows 8. I need the F1 key for gaming.

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anthony82
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Hello KleinC,

 

You don’t want the F key to open Help and Support.

You can load BIOS by tapping F10 at startup, go to system configuration and disable action keys.

 

Let me know of this helps.

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KleinC
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Whenever I click f10 at the startup, all it does is raise the volume. I found my way towards system configuration but I can't find a way to disable keys. I have these tabs: general, boot, services, startup, and tools. I did a bit of exploring myself and could'nt find a way to disable there abilites. I also need f1to f4 keys but whenever I click on them, they open Windows Help and Support, raise or lower the brightness of my laptop, etc.

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anthony82
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

KleinC,

 

If you hold down the ESC when you power on the computer, it should give you a startup menu.

Select BIOS Setup (F10). This will take you to a Setup Utility. Arrow over to System Configuration.

 

You should now have the option to disable action keys.

 

Here is a link that will show you how to disable action keys.

 

Let me know how everything goes.

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KleinC
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Perfect, just perfect. It disable shortcuts but not the actual key. I tested it out on the game and it works just the way I want it to. Thanks for your time. I appreciate the help.

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anthony82
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

KleinC,

 

You’re welcome.

Thank you for responding and letting everyone know that was the solution. It could be a big help for other community members.

 

Have a good day.

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JoonaNikolai
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Hello.

I happen to have the same issue.

Whenever I'm playing a game which requires keys like F1, F2 and so on,  windows help bar pops up or then again screen goes lighter or darker, depending on the button.

 

I'm using HP pavilion laptop with windows 8.

I went to system disable fkeys but it still doesn't work.

 

What to do ?

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anthony82
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

Hello JoonaNikolai,

 

I understand that you need to disable the function keys.

 

If you hold down the ESC when you power on the computer, it should give you a startup menu.

Select BIOS Setup (F10). This will take you to a Setup Utility. Arrow over to System Configuration.

 

You should now have the option to disable action keys.

 

Here is a link that will show you how to disable action keys.

 

After you disable the keys make sure that you save the changes.

 

Let me know how everything goes.

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kaaarl
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Message 9 of 11 (22,498 Views)

Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

I have the same problem about my f1 button, i cant play properly.  I tried the pressing the ESC button while my laptop is powering up but the startup menu is not showing.

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Dawmarie
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Re: How to Disable Windows 8 F1 Key Shortcut

How can this same change be made on Windows 7?

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