Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Function keys produce unexpected results--how to reset?

06 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 X64
Function keys produce unexpected results--how to reset?

Suddenly, my function keys (i.e., F1, F2, F3, etc.) produces results different from expected.

I.e., in Excel, F2 used to allow me to edit the cell. Now it undoes last paste.
I had set F4 in Firefox to open / close addons. Now it opens a new tab.

There are many other changes to the function key effects.

Is there some way to reset the functions keys back to default?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Mar 2010   #2


  1. Locate the shortcut to the program that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for.
  2. Right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Shortcut Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab.
  4. Click in the Shortcut key box, press the key on your keyboard that you want to use in combination with Ctrl+Alt (keyboard shortcuts automatically start with Ctrl+Alt), and then click OK. [IMG]mshelp://windows/?id=18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b[/IMG] If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    You can now use this keyboard shortcut to open the program.
To delete a shortcut

  • Right-click the shortcut that you want to delete, click Delete, and then click Yes. [IMG]mshelp://windows/?id=18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b[/IMG] If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • When you delete a shortcut, only the shortcut is removed. The original item is not deleted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 X64

RogerR, thanks for your reply, that is useful information, but it is not exactly what I was asking about.
My problem is not with keys for shortcuts, it is for using the Function keys inside programs. As I described above, in Excel, the function keys are not doing what I expect them to do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Function keys produce unexpected results--how to reset?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
My windows search function brings 0 results
Hey there seven forums, when i try to search something in the windows menu (I hit the windows button and type something) the only results it brings up is Control Panel. Nothing else. I did some messing around in the indexing options to try and fix it, and i might of messed it up even more, here...
General Discussion
search function in explorer yields no results?!
the start menu program search still works, but when I search in explorer for files I know exist, I get 'no result' ...usually. I mean, it's weirdly inconsistent. I can get results if I type in one or two letters, and I get incomplete results on other things (after finding a file myself, it showed...
odd results using Borland's FindFirst function
After using Win7 for several months, suddenly getting odd file attribute values using FindFirst|FindNext VCL functions using Borland C++ Builder6 Enterprise. The following code worked fine (for years in several versions of Windows) TSearchRec sr; int iAttributes = faDirectory; if...
Can't use Function keys
I just got a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7. The book that came with it talks about Windows Vista. I've tried pressing the "Fn" key then the F(1,2..) key. The F(1,2..) key , then the "Fn" key. No matter what... nothing happens. What am I doing wrong. When Best Buy was "optimizing" it, did they...
General Discussion
Function keys (again)
Why have the function keys been disabled in Windows 7? I know from other threads and tutorials thatthere are ways of getting atthe functions (though not if your laptop is on the old side - my Toshiba Portege can't access the option to show both a display on its screen and a video projector for...
General Discussion
Function keys and W7
I have been trying Windows 7 on my laptop and when I tried using it with a video projector, while it worked, I was unable to get the Function F5 key to work - the one that toggles the display between laptop screen/external screen or both. All I could get was the video projector image and a black...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App