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Windows 7: How Can I Disable The Multimedia Keys Covering The F1-F12 keys?

28 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
How Can I Disable The Multimedia Keys Covering The F1-F12 keys?

On my dell inspiron 15r the F1-F12 keys are covered by multimedia keys like volume, screen brightness, battery, internet, and other. I need to disable these because in some video games I play, I need to use these keys because they are set hotkeys that cannot be changed. Even better if anyone knows how I can select certain keys that would be great.

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28 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Hi dudgybudgie and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Taken from the manual:
You can configure the multimedia control keys on the keyboard using the Function Key Behaviour in the System Setup (BIOS) utility. The options in the Function Key Behaviour setting are:

Multimedia Key First – This is the default setting. Pressing any multimedia control key performs the associated multimedia action. For function key, press <Fn> + the required function key.
Function Key First – Pressing any function key performs the associated function. For multimedia action, press <Fn> + the required multimedia control key.

NOTE: The Multimedia Key First option is active only in the operating system.
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28 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

What dwarf says is correct.

When your laptop starts up, you shoud go into your BIOS settings (usually F2 with dell if I remember correctly - you might want to hold the fn key left down at your keyboard if it does not go into the bios settings).
Now go search for Function Key Behaviour. Set it at "Function Key First".

Now search the that saves your settings (usually F10).

That should do it!

Good Luck!
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