Have you ever owned a keyboard that has special function keys? These are small buttons that run along the very top of the keyboard. Different keyboards have different keys, but the most common ones are an e-mail button, a search button, a connect button (for the Internet) and a calculator button. Some even have a sleep mode function, a volume control right on the keyboard itself and multimedia keys.









These extra keys are very nice to have sometimes, because if you want to get into your e-mail or use the calculator, for example, you can just hit that button one time and the program will pop up on your screen. It’s like your wish lies right at your fingertips.

If you’ve already been using the special keys, that’s great and you should keep doing so. If you have the buttons, but don’t know how to use them, you should refer to the software that came with your keyboard. Look through the manual and there should be instructions on how to configure the buttons so you can start to use them.

Every keyboard is different, so it’s hard to tell you how to make these work without skipping over someone, but all the answers should be right there in your manual. Once you get them working, I don’t think you’ll ever want to stop!

~ Erin