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F keys missing on virtual keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard) on Windows

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.

Virtual Keyboard


Click the Fn key

Fn key

then you’ll find the F keys in the first row

On-Screen Keyboard with F keys

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”

Hi Steve,
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?

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

Lenovo Thinkpad 8, Win 8.1
fn key on a kensington bluetooth doesn’t do anything at all.

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