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Questions tagged [function-keys]

Questions about using the function keys in Ubuntu.

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Toggle touchpad key deactivates the device, can not activate it again

I have Debian 9 on my MSI Notebook, and I realized today there is a problem on my Fn+F3 key function. When I press them, it made the touch pad disable, but when I press again, there wasn't any sign ...
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Fn keys for volume and brightness don't work on Lenovo Thinkpad e460 running Ubuntu 18.04

On my Lenovo Thinkpad e460, Fn keys don´t work. I tried to enable/disable in the BIOS but it didn't help. When I was using fedora with GNOME 3 on this device it worked perfectly. I don't know how ...
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Disable function keys for all but one program?

I want to use my function keys for global shortcuts or to invoke commands in a particular program (like OBS for streaming). The problem is that some programs also have standard definitions for these ...
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Are there equivalents to FunctionFlip and BetterTouchTool for Ubuntu?

FunctionFlip for MacOS can individually control the function keys, such that some function keys work normally as function keys, while others work as special keys. For example, it would allow F2 and F3 ...
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Sleep button not following dconf settings — Ubuntu 18.04

I am running Ubuntu 18.04 on my Asus ROG GL752VW, and I want my sleep button to hibernate my computer. This computer has always been difficult for Ubuntu and Fedora. First, I enabled hibernate and ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad e540 function key disables after loading the system

ENV: Lenovo e540 with Ubuntu 18.04. While on BIOS or pre loading of the Ubuntu, the function key is lit up and seems to be working. However once Ubuntu load, even before logging in, the function key ...
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Map function keys in Ubuntu server - confusion F1 = ^[OP, F2 = ^[OQ

Here is my problem: I have to remap function keys, so I will go through F1 for now: showkey F1 gives me ^[OP dumpkeys the keymap shows that F1 has keycode 59, and string F1 = "\033[[A" Alot of the ...
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Brightness adjustment Fn keys stopped working in 18.04

I realize there are potential duplicates of my question. However, I have scoured different pages and nothing solved my problem. I have recently done a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 (had the previous ...
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Set multiple keys to one shortcut

I have bought a new laptop (Brand: Trekstor). This laptop is optimized for Windows unfortunately not for Unix. On the keyboard is a key which toggles the touchpad but currently this key has no ...
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HP f010dx fn keys not working ubuntu 16.04

I recently installed ubuntu 16.04 lts in my HP f010dx. Works fine except for the fn keys. I looked for drivers in driver manager but all I get is intel chip microcode How do I enable them?
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Fn Key (FN + F4) to mute/unmute microphone not working on Ubuntu 16.04

I am running Ubuntu 16.04 and FN+F4 key not reacting. This is used to mute and unmute microphone. The key was working on Ubuntu 14.04. All the others, e.g. FN+F2 and FN+F4, volume down and up, work ...
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FN buttons on Ubuntu 17.04

I have installed Ubuntu 17.04 on Acer v3-571G and I want to bring back my FN function buttons functionality like Volume Up and Volume Down, also Brightness controlling functions. I have tried so more ...
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“Fn” key + Keyboard shortcuts [duplicate]

I don't know how to disable the "Fn" key and in the process messed up my keyboard shortcuts, I am mainly looking for a way to return them to default. I use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and I use a Microsoft All-...
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What is the exact function of F4 key in ubuntu?

what is the function of F4 in Ubuntu? What I have observed is it changes my screen resolution. is there a way to change this setting?
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Install other distro kernal in ubuntu

I have latest asus FX553VD laptop, it came with ENDLESS OS. Endless os perform very well with my laptop...like battery and all function keys working very good. Now, I am regular user of UBUNTU. my ...
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FN key permanently activated although deactivated in the BIOS

My Fn key is permanently activated/pressed, although it is deactivated in the BIOS. In Ubuntu pressing the FN+ESC keys doesn't do anything. Numlock is deactivated in the BIOS, so it can't interfere ...
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Help to roll back, restore, or undo function key maybe!

Mouse cursor has turned to a big X and I have no sidebars! like its full screened! only have desktop icons! can't do anything! No top, left, or bottom sidebars that I had before! I moved the computer ...
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Fn Media keys slow/delayed on ubuntu gnome 17.04

I just installed Ubuntu 17.04 on my Asus ROG GL752VW laptop and I decided to install gnome-shell and then install ubuntu-gnome-desktop. After some use, I noticed a delay when using Fn + F5or F6 as ...
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f8 and f9 brightness key not working for eluktronics/clevo 16.04

Current state of my /etc/default/grub from other solutions is: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_backlight=vendor" and still nothing ...
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16.04 Function key Brightnesson ASUS X550J

I am using ASUS X550J. All my fn functions are working fine(volume, touchpad,...) except brightness control(fn+f5/f6). How can I fix this?
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Possible to switch Fn-status of only F2 and F11 function keys?

On an HP Spectre x360, the F-keys are by default in the "Fn"-state, where they do fairly handy things like turn up/down volume or brightness. But F11-for-fullscreen and F2-for-renaming are really ...
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Fn + F1..12 key combinations don't work after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.10

I'm having a strange problem after upgrading my ASUS 1215N from Ubuntu 16.04 to 16.10 (Unity 7). Basically only Fn + F1..F6 combinations worked properly, all Fn + F7..F12 didn't even showed up in ...
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Airplane mode key function (fn+f2) not working and airplane mode light lit

I did a fresh install of ubuntu 16.04.1 on an asus x556uak laptop. I noticed then that the airplane mode key function (fn+f2) doesn't work at all, and also that the airplane mode led is lit all the ...
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Function Keys Do Not work (Brightness & Sound) Ubuntu 16.04

Installed Ubuntu 16.04 on ASUS laptop, everything worked except fn keys. Cannot mute/increase/decrease volume (f10, f11, f12) or increase/decrease screen brightness (f5, f6). In troubleshooting I ...
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Disabling multimedia keys (brightness adjustment and airplane mode) in hp laptops

I am looking for a way to disable multimedia keys (that coexist with function keys) in hp laptops using terminal commands, such that it is compatible with a script mentioned in the question how can i ...
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Function keys not work or have delay

I am using Ubuntu 16.10 and all my function keys are not working or have 2min delay except volume keys. Also, I am using Thinkpad 11e. I checked online and it looks like a kernel problem. Here is ...
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Function Keys dont work in Openbox

The problem Trying to create a desktop environment with openbox the function keys dont work. Besides in Unity they work well. What I've tried Initially I thought remapping them would solve it, but ...
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Ubuntu GNOME 16.04: Shortcuts and function keys stop working after a while - why is that?

I switched from Windows to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 a little while ago and noticed that frequently, at some point during a session my OS keyboard shortcuts (like CTRL+ALT+T to open up the Terminal, or ...
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How to adjust brightness in Ubuntu Gnome 16.04.1?

Previously I used brightness fix but it is not working in this version.My laptop model is Acer Aspire 5740 and graphic card is of Intel
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How to disable function keys

I want to create a live version of Ubuntu where the user does not have access to function keys, meaning that they do not produce any effect when pressed. How can this be automated from booting?
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How can I toggle the Fn (function) key?

Is there a way to toggle the Fn key? I'd like to be able to toggle it so I don't have to press Fn+F12 to raise the volume, for example. I'm running Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS on an Asus D550C.
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Razer Deathstalker keyboard [Fn] (Function) key getting ignored

Whether I do Fn + F3 or just F3, the OS still just receives a single F3 in both cases. Fn + F3 should result in increasing the system volume. None of the Fn + F# combos do anything other than ...
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Fn + F5 / F6 brightness keys not working on Asus R556L

I've already tried many solutions I'd found on the web and none of them has worked. I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, fresh installation. This notebook has Intel HD Graphics 5500 and Nvidia GeForce 920M. I ...
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Volume Fn keys get “stuck down” in Kubuntu and Ubuntu?

I've had a dual boot with Ubuntu for a while. One problem annoyed me though, that my Volume Fn keys got "stuck down" whenever I pressed them, making it max volume, or muted. This has happened every ...
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Brightness randomly up and down on MSI laptop

I am experiencing this issue on my MSI GS60. It starts happening as soon as I use an Fn Key for the first time while running Ubuntu (I have also tested the issue on Arch and it's even worse there). ...
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Fn+F5/6 Brightness shortcut not working - Asus laptop - Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

The brightness function keys on my Asus laptop don't work on Ubuntu. The function key combinations for sound volume (Fn+F12/F11/F10) and turning the screen on and off (Fn+F7), but not those that ...
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Brightness function key resulting in flickering

Dell Inspiron n5110, I upgraded from Trusty to Xenial yesterday.. The one issue I can't seem to get past or over is that when I use the Fn keys to change the brightness, it results in random ...
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15.10: WiFi blocked/no resume after suspend/no bright hotkeys after upgrade

I have a: Samsung Laptop model NP270E4E-K0ACL Intel Sandy Bridge Mobile Graphics Card Atheros AR9485 Wireless After a clean installation of Ubuntu 15.10 using an ISO burned image (kernel 4.2.0-16-...
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Several ACPI event keys have the same ID

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Kernel: 3.19.0-37-generic INTRO When I start acpi_listen on my system I can test several LaptopSpecialKeys. The brightness buttons work perfectly fine for example: video/...
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Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard - make function keys default

There is a software for Windows called "Logitech Options" which can switch media keys to function keys, but this setting is not remembered in keyboard. There are similar cases with other logitech ...
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FN+F2 opens “Power Statistics”. How to make it run a command?

I am using ubuntu 15.04 with unity. Fn keys are working and I am getting results while running acpi_listen and pressing a combination of Fn Fx key. Now I want to make a keyboard shortcut to ...
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Asus UX303LA fn brightness keys not working

I've searched everywhere for a solution. I've tried this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pcie_aspm=force acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=" each variable on it's own and different ...
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How to create keyboard shortcut which initiates suspend

When I was running the Unity shell I was able to do Fn + F1 and get my machine to suspend, however now that I am running Gnome Shell, when I do this keyboard shortcut, absolutely nothing happens, so I ...
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Can't turn on wifi on Toshiba Satellite C75D [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my new Toshiba Satellite C75D a number of months ago, and everything worked great for months. Then suddenly, I didn't have wifi access anymore. I can connect by wire. ...
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How to remap fn + ESC key to ESC key in Lenovo Yoga 3

I've managed to switch fn keys to behave like function keys in the Lenovo Yoga. However, this causes the ESC key to be found to Fn + ESC instead. Is there a way to switch / remap it back to ESC ...
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Sony Vaio Fn Keys not working

I have installed xubuntu 14.04 on an old sony vaio (vgn fs35gp model) and none of the FN + F keys are functioning (volume ,brightness etc). Xev doesnt give any outputs when Fn key is pressed. ...
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Make f1-12 keys work as standard function keys on Macbook Pro 5,3 [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 15.04. I'd like to have f1-12 work like f1-12 without holding fn, rather than volume and brightness. Does anyone know how to do this?
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14.04 on Asus GL552JX: Fn+F5 and Fn+F6 Brightness Problem

I've recently installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on my ASUS GL552JX. The one that always bugs me is the Fn+F# button functionality. This time, all Fn+F# button combinations work except for Fn+F5 (...
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Special Function Keys are not working in Ubuntu 14.0.4.2 LTS

Volume (+/-/Mute), Brightness (up/down), Disable Webcam, Mute Microphone and Projector Function keys are not working (when used through laptop keyboard) but Next, Pause/Play and Previous keys are ...
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My laptop brightness doesnot be darker with function key

My laptop has intel hd graphics 4400, and it doesn't work well on ubuntu 14.04 , so I upgraded to ubuntu 15.04. It works fine, but i cannot change my brightness. The funny thing is that i can change ...