Function Keys Not Working in Windows 10? Here’s What to Do
The function keys on your keyboard are a handy resource, providing quick access to various functions such as volume control, backlight adjustment, and more. However, sometimes they might not work as expected, particularly on Windows 10. When that happens, it can be quite frustrating, and you might have no idea as to what the problem is or how to resolve the issue.
So if you’re experiencing issues with your function keys not working in Windows 10, here are a few things you can do to address the problem:
1. Check if the Function Lock Key is enabled
Most modern keyboards come equipped with a Function Lock (FnLock) key located near the top-left of the keyboard. When the FnLock key is enabled, the function keys work in their secondary mode, meaning they will only perform the functions that are printed on them. However, if the Function Lock key is turned off, the function keys will work as expected.
To check the status of the FnLock key, press the key and look for a small light indicator on your keyboard that shows whether the key is enabled or not. If the key is disabled, take the steps to enable it and try pressing your function keys again.
2. Check your keyboard driver
Sometimes, outdated or corrupted keyboard drivers can cause issues with the function keys on your keyboard. To check your keyboard driver, open Device Manager and expand the keyboards section. Select your keyboard, right-click on it, and select Update Driver. The wizard will search for and install the latest driver for your keyboard.
3. Install the latest Windows Updates
Microsoft frequently releases updates for Windows 10 that include bug fixes and improvements for various system components, including keyboard drivers. Installing the latest updates can help fix any issues that might be affecting the functionality of your function keys. To update your system, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for available updates. If updates are available, install them and restart your computer.
4. Use the on-screen keyboard
If nothing seems to be working, try using the on-screen keyboard that comes with Windows 10. To activate the on-screen keyboard, navigate to Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard and toggle on the “Use the On-Screen Keyboard” switch. The on-screen keyboard allows you to use your mouse to click on the function keys and perform the desired function.