Function keys (F1-F12) and their use in GuideConnect

Function keys are an integral part of GuideConnect and are required for most tasks.

If your function keys are disabled, you won't be able to use any of the functions they are required for in GuideConnect, such as opening the actions menu and decreasing or increasing the volume or voice speed.

What are the function keys used for?

The F keys at the top of your keyboard are called function keys. They are typically labelled F1 through F12. The functions of these keys in GuideConnect are listed below:

  • F1 = Open Help
  • F2 = Open Actions/Headings
  • F3 = Open Help and Information
  • F4 = Repeats Current Item
  • F5 = Continuous Read
  • F6 = Voice dictation
  • F7/F8 = Decrease/Increase Voice Volume
  • F9/F10 = Decrease/Increase Voice Speed
  • F11/F12 = Decrease/Increase Magnification

What are the multimedia keys?

On some keyboards, you have the ability to unlock the function keys, switching them to the multimedia keys.

Multimedia keys are used for multimedia features such as volume, brightness, and playback controls.

How to switch from multimedia keys to function keys:

If your device is using the multimedia option, you can lock your function keys (to enable them by default) by using one of the methods below.

Using your keyboard:

  1. Look for the Fn lock key on your keyboard. This key is usually located near the bottom left corner of the keyboard, and it may have a small padlock icon on it.
  2. Press and hold the Fn lock key, and then press the Fn key.
  3. Your function keys should now be locked; on some keyboards, there might be an LED to indicate this.

Through the BIOS:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Press the BIOS key during the boot process. The BIOS key may be different for different computers. It is usually the Delete key, but it could also be the Esc key, F2 key, or F10 key.
  3. In the BIOS, look for the setting that controls the function keys. The setting may be called something like "Function Key Behaviour" or "Fn Lock."
  4. Change the setting to "enabled" to turn on the function keys.
  5. Save your changes and exit the BIOS.

It is worth noting that the steps to change the function key behaviour settings may vary depending on your computer's manufacturer and model. If you have any trouble changing the function key behaviour settings, you may contact your computer's manufacturer for assistance.