How to Use Hot Keys on a Sony Laptop

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How to Use Hot Keys on a Sony Laptop
Sony laptops feature function keys that allow you to use hot keys. (computer keyboard image by vashistha pathak from

Sony Vaio laptops come installed with hot key functionality that allows for certain key combinations to perform a variety of tasks. Vaio laptops have a function key marked "Fn" on the keyboard. This button works in conjunction with several other keys on the keyboard. You can see what types of functions the other keys will produce by looking at the blue writing beneath the normal function of the key. A variety of shortcuts are created when using the "Fn" key.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Hold down the "Fn" key. The key is usually located in the bottom-left corner of the keyboard, and the "Fn" is printed in blue.

  2. 2

    Check your keyboard for keys that have blue printing underneath the normal white printing of the key.

  3. 3

    Press down one of the blue writing keys while still holding down the "Fn" key. These combinations perform a variety of tasks, such as adjusting volume and brightness, zooming in, and putting the computer into hibernation mode.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're "Fn" key is not working properly, you will need to reinstall the Hot Key utility. You must order an Application CD from Sony to perform this task.

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