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Illy_d
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How to toggle Function keys on an HP All in one desktop computer

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HP Pavilion All-in-One PC 27-d0000i (7RC38AV)
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How do I toggle Function keys, they are permanently on.

All I can find is this being set in the BIOS which is not a option for me as the option doesn't appear and the other way is using the Fn+Esc keys which doesn't work.

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hi

I don't quite understand what you mean, but the options in the bios you are talking about are for laptops, not all-in-ones.
to use the function keys

 Keyboard shortcuts, hotkeys, and special keys (Windows)

Most keyboards come with special symbols applied to the function keys. Your HP keyboard might have extra keys or buttons with icons as well.

Note:

On most laptop keyboards, you must press and hold the fn key before pressing the key with the symbol or icon to perform the function.

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You are on the right lines.

At the moment the Fn keys perform the function as displayed by the symbol on the function key, e.g. F3 is increase sound. I can perform a secondary function by pressing the Fn+F1 through F12 keys but I want to reverse this., e.g. Fn+F3 to increase sound, NOT just F3.

Many other keyboards display the 'fn' symbol on the ESC key, so when you press ESC+Fn you are able to toggle the default action of the Fn key. Please see below:

 

Keyboard with ESC+fn symbol displayedKeyboard with ESC+fn symbol displayed

Some other keyboards allow you do this using Left Shift+Fn. How do I achieve this with the keyboard that came supplied?

Thanks.

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hi
unfortunately the only possible solutions currently are software, or hardware replacement
There is a solution, but that is to block the key, and you may break the keyboard
Unfortunately either this is not suitable or user feedback
https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Software-and-How-To-Questions/Reversing-the-Fn-key/td-p/790979...

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Software-and-How-To-Questions/Can-t-disable-fn-key-on-bios/td-...

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Multimedia-keys-on-by-default/m...

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Where-is-Fn-lock-on-HP-wireless...

https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Wireless-keyboard-fn-key-on-by-...

 

see here, the question comes up several times, and so far, no other possible solution than what has been indicated here, sorry @Illy_d 

 

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Hi

Hardware is not really a suitable solution, you don't expect that when buying a new computer then having to fork out extra $100 or so for what is essentially a perfect keyboard except for one key. It's pretty poor of HP not to provide a viable solution.

I have downloaded and tried 'Sharpkeys' but it doesn't recognise the F2 or F3 keys that I tried, I gave up after that. 

If the question comes up numerous times then why doesn't HP do something about it?

Appreciate you help.

Regards

Illy

 

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Yes, sorry, personally, I solved the problem with a keyboard under 20 €
And I don't know, I have already offered several times to users to complain directly to hp, because here, practically useless!
so I don't know if it was done, considered by HP or not no idea

sorry for the delay in response, I did not get the notification

 

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Hi

What is the best way to contact HP directly to take notice of this problem?

Thanks

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Sorry, I didn't see this answer.
difficult to say, because for some countries a complaint link is, or was available
otherwise you have to try for example

General Feedback

https://www.hp.com/us-en/contact-hp/company.html

 

 

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