How to Program Function Keys on the Dell Inspiron

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The Dell Inspiron laptop offers a variety of changeable settings that you can set to your preferences. One of the settings that you may choose to change is the "Function" keys, or "Hot Keys." Changing the assignments of the function keys helps to provide easy and speedy access to folders, websites and programs that you use often. You no longer have to waste time finding a specific folder; you can program a key to open it at the press of a button.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Using Windows Settings

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button on the Windows task bar. Click on the "Settings" icon and then click on the "Control Panel" icon.

  2. 2

    Scroll to the "Keyboard" icon and double-click to open it. Click on the "Hot Keys" icon.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Hot Key" that you would like to change and click "Select." Customize the key by selecting an assignment from the pop-up window.

  4. 4

    Click on the "OK" button and your new settings will be saved. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for each additional hot key that you would like to set.

    Using the DellTouch Software

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button on the Windows task bar. Click on "Programs" and then double-click on "DellTouch Programmable Keys."

  2. 2

    Select the hot key that you would like to change and double-click on it. A pop-up window titled "Configure Button" will appear.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Function" tab and a pop-up window will appear. A drop-down menu will include the assignments that can be linked to program the hot key.

  4. 4

    Click on the "OK" button and your new settings will be saved. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for each additional hot key you would like to set.

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