How to enable Function Keys on a Chromebook

Welcome, Chromebook users! Today, we're diving into a handy feature that can significantly enhance your productivity: enabling function keys on your Chromebook. If you've ever found yourself missing the traditional F1-F12 keys found on most keyboards, you're in for a treat.

Why Enable Function Keys?

Function keys can be incredibly useful for a variety of tasks, from refreshing your browser (F5) to accessing help menus (F1). By enabling these on your Chromebook, you're expanding your keyboard's capabilities and potentially speeding up your workflow.

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these simple steps to enable function keys on your Chromebook:

  1. Open your Chromebook's System Settings
  2. Navigate to the Device section on the left panel
  3. Click on "Keyboard and inputs"
  4. Look for the "Function keys" section at the top
  5. Enable the function keys option

That's it! Your top row buttons will now function as traditional F1-F12 keys.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, check out our step-by-step video tutorial:

Using Your New Function Keys

Now that you've enabled function keys, here are some common uses:

  • F1: Access help menus in most applications
  • F5: Refresh your current web page
  • F11: Toggle full-screen mode
  • F12: Open developer tools in most web browsers

Remember, you can always revert to the original functionality of these keys by disabling the function keys option in your settings.


If you're having trouble enabling function keys, try these steps:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's operating system is up to date
  • Restart your Chromebook after enabling the function keys
  • If the option doesn't appear in your settings, your Chromebook model might not support this feature

We hope this guide helps you make the most of your Chromebook's keyboard! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out via a YouTube comment on our tutorial video.

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