Is here a way that I can lock the function key so I don't have to hold it down everytime

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Joybell
Joybell Member Posts: 3 New User
edited October 2023 in Windows 10

I have just changed my keyboard on my desktop computer (not Acer) to a cordless Acer DKRF41B045XXXX everytime I use the Print Screen key to open the Snipping Tool tools or Use the Print Screen key with the Window key to do a screenshot I have to also hold down the function key. Is there a way to lock that so I don't have to hold it down each time? I have seen ways of doing this for other keyboards for other brands, but I can't find anything for my situation.

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  • Puraw
    Puraw ACE, Member Posts: 10,356 Trailblazer
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    Pin the Windows Sniping tool to your taskbar and click on the Sniping icon to take a screen shot.

  • Joybell
    Joybell Member Posts: 3 New User
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    Thank you for the reply.

    Firstly I need to explain. I use the Print Screen for 2 different functions: To show the Snipping Tool tools & also to take a screenshot which automatically saves in a folder for me to deal with later. I take the screenshot by pressing the window key & Print Screen together, but now I am going to have to press FN as well. So putting a shortcut on the Taskbar will not help me as far as easier usage of the Print Screen. That is, not having to hold down an extra key (Fn). Besides for a long time, rather than cluttering up my Taskbar to have a shortcut for the Snipping Tool, I have been using Windows + Shift + S. This was a bit awkward initially, but I got used to it eventually. I guess if there is no solution to being able to press Print Screen without the Function key I am going to have to get used to it or purchase another keyboard that suits me.

  • Puraw
    Puraw ACE, Member Posts: 10,356 Trailblazer
    edited October 2023
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    IDK what version of Windows you have but Windows11 Snipping tool can do all that you described and much more, give it a try: https://www.windowscentral.com/software-apps/windows-11/whats-new-with-snipping-tool-on-windows-11-september-2023-update and to take screen shots from Pop Up menus and screens read this: https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/use-the-windows-snipping-tool-to-capture-popup-menus/

  • billsey
    billsey ACE Posts: 32,740 Trailblazer
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    Yes, typically changing the keyboard behavior requires a BIOS change to swap the Fn function, but since the keyboard isn't built into your BIOS that's not an option.

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  • Joybell
    Joybell Member Posts: 3 New User
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    I thought that might be the case. Thank you for the confirmation.

  • AnhEZ28
    AnhEZ28 ACE, Member Posts: 3,975 Pathfinder
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    @Joybell

    The Print screen key is combined with the insert key so it will require you to press the Fn key to use the below function.

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    Thank you and have a nice day!