When you open the virtual keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard) on Windows seems that the F keys (F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12) row is missing but really is only hidden.
Click the Fn key
then you’ll find the F keys in the first row
Update of 01/06/14: More persons asked me more info because they thought by mistake that Fn button is the same of the Fn button in laptop’s keyboard.
If you need to enable/disable WiFi for example in Windows 7, you could use the WinKey + X
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17 replies on “F keys missing on virtual keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard) on Windows”
yes, for the first time
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how to fn+f3?
what’s the scope to press fn+f3? Fn display/hide the F keys. Please, give me more info and I’ll try to help you.
is there a way to lock it so that I can always have the function keys visible?
I’m sorry but I did’t find a way to do this, I also searched in the Register (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Osk\) but there isn’t a DWORD for this. 🙁
Locking the F Keys would be a huge help for me. I use a program where the F Keys are used all the time. My hand gets cramped sitting on the keyboard so a mouse activated keyboard would be a huge bonus. Not going to be much help if I have to hit the Fn button every time i use an F Key. Is there a commercially available I could purchase?
You can use another keyboard: http://freevirtualkeyboard.com/
thanks for checking, I just copied the WinXP exe from an older computer that we had & am trying it out on a Win7 computer. It appears to work but I kept the Win7 exe just in case we need to use it
yes it diid! very useful for me, many thanks !
Lenovo Thinkpad 8, Win 8.1
fn key on a kensington bluetooth doesn’t do anything at all.
Thank you for your comment. You can use the Windows button: WinKey+X
Thank u so much
Thanku sir fr information
Yeah, most people think that the F keys are missing on the virtual keyboard. Glad to know they are only hidden. Thanks for including a solution on how to retrieve them on On-Screen Keyboard. Such a useful post!!
Thanks for sharing a solution on how to retrieve them on On-Screen Keyboard.