How to Use HP Laptop Keyboard Keys

Updated April 17, 2017

Hewlett Packard laptop computers feature the functionality of a desktop computer in regard to their keyboards. However, because of size limitations, some laptops feature special keys that serve specific functions. Using these particular keys requires only the development of some new keyboard habits.

Locate and press the "fn" button. With many HP laptops, the "fn" button is encircled.

Find the buttons that have smaller icons in squares. These are your function buttons, many of which are specific to HP machines.

Hold down the "fn" button while pressing the function keys to select the proper button.


Depending on the HP laptop, function buttons include: start/stop and pause for video and music playback, a "quick launch" button for Internet browsers, and a help button.

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James B. Jones, a former United States Army M.P., has been a full-time writer in the fields of consumer electronics and video games since 2006. Walker has had his articles published on several gaming and technology websites, and has made frequent appearances on All Games Radio.