Glossary Entry: Function Keys

Quick Definition

The function keys are a set of keys on your keyboard that perform different roles depending on the program you're currently running. These keys are found at the top of the keyboard, and are labeled F1 to F12. There may be more beyond that, depending on your keyboard.

Each program uses the function keys differently, though there are some rough standards. For example, F1 usually accesses the program's manual or other help, and most web browsers* respond to the F5 key by reloading the current page.

In games, they are often used to toggle debugging options, change camera views or handle quicksaves*.

Arrow keys
The function keys are highlighted in green on the keyboard above.

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