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I do have a wireless Logitech K750 keyboard (silver Mac version) connected to a Lenovo ThinkPad (via the unifying USB receiver, together with a wireless Logitech mouse M705) and currently running Ubuntu 12.04.

By default the F-keys are mapped as multimedia/function keys, e.g. Play /Pause. As I don't use them very often, I want the F-keys to behave like the "real" F-keys (F1-F12). How can I do that?

I know there is an option in the BIOS settings, but this only toggles the built-in keyboard of the notebook, not on my wireless keyboard.

I know there is a way to change this for the Apple wireless keyboard (AppleKeyboard#Change_Function_Key_behavior), but there is no "parameters" directory in /sys/module/hid_logitech_dj/.

Any ideas? Or is there maybe a way to do this in a later Ubuntu version (13.04)?

UPDATE:

lsusb -d 046d: shows Bus 002 Device 005: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc. Unifying Receiver

UPDATE 2: Thanks a lot for your help Lekensteyn. Finally Solaar works just fine. In the "Known Issues" of Solaar it says that it does not work with the Nano Receiver. But I have one and it works just fine. Just don't forget to read the installation instructions and run the rules.d/install.sh script. It also recognized my M705 Mouse.

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    I just found github.com/pwr/Solaar, it looks like it able to toggle FN keys.
    – Lekensteyn
    Apr 26, 2013 at 19:59
  • According to the lsusb output, you really have a Unifying device, not a nano receiver. Do you see the Unifying icon on the receiver?
    – Lekensteyn
    Apr 29, 2013 at 14:20

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Solaar is a graphical utility that has the ability to configure the Fn key functionality on newer devices:

Solaar screenshot with Fn function swap configuration

Since Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid), Solaar can be installed from the repositories (sudo apt-get install solaar). After installation, you can search for Solaar in the applications menu and start it from there.

A command line interface is also available. Example usage:

$ solaar show
...
  2: Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
...
$ solaar config 2
fn-swap = False
$ solaar config 2 fn-swap on
fn-swap = True

Note that these settings are not persistent, you will loose it after reboot. This may change in future versions of Solaar.


I have previously created the ltunify tool which is a Unifying tool that is able to communicate in the older HID++ 1.0 protocol. Until the next version of Solaar is released (current version is 0.8.7), you can use ltunify to toggle the Fn key on an older device such as the K800 keyboard.

Installation instructions (taken from https://askubuntu.com/a/114089/6969):

sudo apt-get install git gcc
git clone https://git.lekensteyn.nl/ltunify.git -b fkeyswap
cd ltunify
make install-home

The command ltunify fkeyswap shows the current status:

$ sudo ltunify fkeyswap 
F key functions are not swapped

To swap the functionality, run ltunify fkeyswap on:

$ sudo ltunify fkeyswap on
F key functions are now swapped

There is also an off action:

$ sudo ltunify fkeyswap off
F key functions are now normal

Please leave a comment if it does not work so it can be fixed. The above functionality uses undocumented hardware registers.

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  • Solaar failed for me as reported at: github.com/pwr/Solaar/issues/162. Also it is in my PATH so I can do just solaar -V. May 23, 2014 at 9:19
  • I tried ltunify as you described, but the command sudo ltunify fkeyswap outputs this message: Unable to check fkey status. I checked that the devices is correctly connected and paired. May 5, 2017 at 8:36
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    @MichalVician Newer devices use a different protocol version, try Solaar instead to control the FN keys. If the solaar package from the repos does not work, try the master branch which has many more fixes and features.
    – Lekensteyn
    May 5, 2017 at 13:40
  • solaar installed via pip (not the debian-packaged version) worked for me with the "K400 Plus" model. example: solaar config 1 fn-swap off.
    – erjoalgo
    Jul 7, 2020 at 8:28
  • This software worked perfectly on Linux Mint 20 from the repository. Many thanks!!! Sep 27, 2020 at 19:54
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You no longer need a ppa to install this in Ubuntu 15.08 wily. Just type

sudo apt-get install solaar

at the command line.

Additionally, if you are using Unity or Gnome Shell, you can use the following command instead:

sudo apt-get install solaar-gnome
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  • Works perfectly with K400+ and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. It required solaar package only. Open solaar with usb receiver unplugged. Plug it in. Use "Swap Fx function". Ready.
    – Mauricio
    Jan 16, 2022 at 14:42
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For wired keyboard like k290 use https://github.com/milgner/k290-fnkeyctl and execute command

/usr/local/sbin/k290_fnkeyctl
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    While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. Jun 1, 2014 at 11:17
  • this is link to program for doing this, use this program for swap FN keys. Jun 1, 2014 at 11:29
  • This work for K290 Keyboard on Ubuntu Vivid 15/04 Aug 16, 2015 at 6:32
  • Still works for a K290 on Focal 20.04
    – Tom Wyllie
    Jul 9, 2020 at 22:50
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I don't know if it's frowned upon to answer an 9 year old question, but this information really helped me with my wireless logitech keyboard and it might be useful for someone else, I heard it works on most logitech wireless keyboards, no software needed:

Press esc + fn on the keyboard and it switches between modes
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    Just reporting that the K780 does not support this Apr 26, 2023 at 7:44
  • K400 doesn't support this, either. May 30, 2023 at 22:02
  • Works for me for Logitech MX Mini Keys keyboard Dec 13, 2023 at 17:57
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I use a Bluetooth keyboard Logitech K480. For me, solaar didn't work as it was unable to find a Logitech receiver. However, this configuration utility on GitHub worked flawlessly.

K480 Conf - Github

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  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference, as link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes
    – cocomac
    Dec 31, 2022 at 0:56

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