One of the set of 12 keys at the top of a standard computer keyboard. These keys are labelled F1 through F12. The keys are basically general purpose extra keys so that programmers can assign the keys to special functions in their programs. One handy and common use of F3 in applications is to "Find again," or find the value again for which you most recently searched.
Don't remap the reserved keys such as control, escape, or the function keys that are assigned a task by default. You need to be able to do the three finger salute or get in the BIOS.
Some function keys have no default assignment, such as F12. But, there is a boot menu function being used by some computer manufacturers to when you press F12 you get a boot menu.
F1 is used for Help
F8 is normally used to boot into Safe Mode.
F11 is now being used for some newer Dell computers to restore the o.s. when pressed at boot. F11 when pressed gives you full screen as stated
I would like the F1 key when pushed, to type the word "thanks". Is this possible?
What program are you tryng to use this in?
WORD and WORKS do macros, and I'm sure you can find a way to
do it in any application.
Look over this link, it may give you an idea on what the keys are used for.
The list below specifies the default assignments for the enhanced function keys, but you can reassign many of them using IntelliType Pro keyboard software.
Enhanced Function Key
Help -- Opens the Help system (if any) for the active window.
Office Home -- Starts the Web browser and goes to the Office Web site.
Task Pane -- Shows or hides the Office task pane previously displayed.
New command.-- Creates a new document in programs that support this
Open -- Opens a document in programs that support this command.
Close -- Closes the document or file in the active window.
Reply -- Replies to the e-mail in the active window.
Forward -- Forwards the e-mail in the active window.
Send -- Sends the e-mail in the active window.
Spell -- Starts the spell-checking program in the active document, if the documentís program has this feature.
Save -- Saves the file in the active window