Function (Fn) keys for Surface Type/Touch cover keyboard

The Type/Touch cover keyboard coming with the Surface Pro/RT lack a row of independent function keys (F1 to F12), as well as on my computer’s standard keyboard. How can I map the F1 – F12 function keys? I really need to use the function keys.

I really need the most important keys such as F2 and F4, without holding down the “Fn” key every time. I would like to create a shortcut for making the “lower volume” button to act as F2 but can not figure out how to do that.

It is not possible to hold down the “Fn” button. You need to use the Fn keys toggling the top row of keys on Type Cover to perform the following Function keys:

Fn + Mute: F1. Open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
Fn + Volume Down: F2. Highlight icon, file, or folder to rename it.
Fn + Volume Up: F3. Open a search feature for programs.
Fn + Play/Pause: F4. Open the address bar in Windows Explorer and IE.
Fn + Search: F5. Refresh or reload the web page within Internet browser.
Fn + Connect: F6. Move the cursor to the Address bar.
Fn + Devices: F7. Make a spell check in MS Office document.
Fn + Settings: F8
Fn + Home: F9
Fn + End: F10. Activates the menu bar of opening application.
Fn + Page Up: F11. Full-screen mode.
Fn + Page Down: F12. “Save as” window in Microsoft Word.
Fn + Up arrow: Page up
Fn + Down arrow: Page Down
Fn + Left arrow: Home
Fn + Right arrow: End

Hope those shortcuts helpful for you while you are using the Surface Rt/Pro.


18 thoughts on “Function (Fn) keys for Surface Type/Touch cover keyboard

  1. Yes, exactly. So how do I get the function keys to behave as function keys should? I don’t need the volume control etc. and if I did why not just press the FN key next to alt? And what is that FN key doing there anyway since it seems stuck?

  2. I could not agree more. They have just totally changed how this use to work on EVERY SINGLE keyboard ever used in a WINDOWS environment. What were they thinking?

  3. I got to say this has been something that has made me upset for months, This is the second time I have had to go back and find this information (thanks heaps for posting it). It is just not intuitive at all. I lost all my special keys plus the end and home for many months of assignment writing twice now…. Have since put whiteout on the two keys needed to fix this when someone decides to hit these keys together to give me hell again.

  4. Thanks for the simple advice to get back to the function keys we’ve all been using for years. Microsoft help absolute rubbish. Does not even have an item for function keys!! Keep up the user support network. Thanks

  5. Lenovo has also done same with F1 thru F12 Function keys not being default on their keyboards and Laptops – they claim Microsoft is getting rid of function keys – somebody better tell the Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Access groups!

  6. Here’s a few more.

    Fn+Spacebar: Print Screen. Combine with Alt, and you can screenshot the app in focus, which you cannot do with WinHome+VolDn.

    Fn+Del/Backspace: Display Brightness
    Fn+Up: Page Up
    Fn+Down: Page Down
    Fn+Left: Home
    Fn+Right: End

    Fn+Caps lock mechanism only locks the F1-F12 keys. All the others require pressing Fn every time. If Fn+Caps is active, holding Fn and pressing F1-F12 does the original function instead of F1-F12.

    • I also found on surface book, there is tiny light on right upper corner of Fn key. That needs to be lit, in order for all the Function Keys to work properly. (simply press the Fn once to light it up).

  7. I don’t know why Microsoft made this change, but I think it’s as arbitrary as it is annoying. Why not put the space key at the top of the keyboard, while we’re at it?

    On a Surface 3, you have to remember to press and hold the fn key until the built-in light goes on, every single time you reboot. On a Microsoft wireless keyboard, you likewise have to press fn+caps every single time you reboot. So frustrating.

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