One look at the computer keyboard in front of you and you see a row of keys at the top of the keyboard labelled F1 through F12. You must have often wondered what the use of these keys are. Read on for rundown on these keys and what they can do for youThe keys labelled F1 through F12 are referred to as the function keys. While you do not need these keys to perform your everyday activities, they do provide some interesting shortcuts which can be a valuable asset for everyday computing ease. These function keys are usually used in combination with keys such as the CTRL key, the ALT key and the Shift key.
F1 key usually serves as a shortcut for the help menu. If you press F1 while working in a program, help for that program will usually appear. If you press F1 while at the Windows desktop or when the Windows Explorer is open, a Windows help screen will pop up. If you happen to be working in a program and would like to see the Windows help screen, simply press the Windows key (the key with the Windows logo on the bottom row of keys) on your keyboard and press F1 at the same time.
You can use the F2 key to rename an item when working in Windows.