How to Enable Function Keys on a Chromebook in 2021

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2. Next, move to the “Device” menu in the left pane.

3. Now, open “Keyboard” and then enable “Treat top-row keys as function keys”.

2. This will turn the top-row keys as F1, F2 and so on starting with the left-arrow key. Basically, now you can use Windows and programming shortcuts comfortably on your Chromebook in combination with the modifier Ctrl, Shift, and Alt keys. I love this feature because I can now finally close the active app with Alt + the full-screen key (acting as F4). You can also just press the overview key to refresh the window.

Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Function Keys

While in the above method, you get access to dedicated Function keys on your Chromebook, you also lose many of the helpful Chrome OS shortcuts like taki̐ng a screenshot, adjusting volume and brightness.

If you have enabled function keys on your Chromebook, you can still make use of the native shortcuts like taking screenshots, adjusting brightness, etc. Simply follow the steps below.

Press the “Search” button and then use the top-row keys. The native Chrome OS shortcuts will work flawlessly.

For example, I am able to adjust the brightness by pressing Search + Brightness key on the top row, all the while Function keys are enabled. Similarly, you can manage volume, lock your Chromebook, and so on by using the “Search” key in combination with the top-row keys.

Alternatively, if you have chosen to keep Function keys disabled, you can still perform Function keys operation instantly. Just press the Search + top-row keys and you will be able to use them like Function keys. This way, you don’t need to dive into the Settings page and change the behavior every time you want to use a Function key.Work Like a Pro on Your Chromebook with the Function Keys

So that was our short guide on how to enable and use function keys on a Chromebook. While it may seem like a small feature, for developers this is an essential requirement. And for general users who miss their Windows shortcuts, you can now freely use Ctrl, Shift, and Alt with the function keys. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn more about such hidden tricks of Chrome OS, go through our linked article. And if you have any questions the comment down below and let us know.

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