This week we’ll talk about some common laptop shortcut keys.
Most laptops have an “Fn” (or “Function”) button, usually in the lower left, and quite often color-coded in blue. This Fn button usually is used to get alternate keystrokes, necessary because a laptop keyboard usually has fewer keys than a desktop keyboard, so more keys have to do extra duty. For example, the “J” key usually doubles as a 1 on the number pad, so Fn+J produces a 1.
On many laptops (but by no means all), the function keys across the top center double as special laptop controls when used with the Fn button.
You’re no doubt familiar with the Fn+F8 key to toggle on the external monitor. This isn’t universal, but it’s pretty common. (I’ve also seen laptops that use Fn+F7 for the same purpose.)
Usually Fn+F8 cycles between the following three modes:
- Laptop monitor only
- Laptop monitor plus external monitor
- External monitor only