Disable The Fn + Function Key Combination on Compaq Presario CQ56 and other models

On most HP and Compaq notebook PCs, it is necessary to press and hold the function key (fn) while pressing one of the f1 through f12 keys to activate the default functions; such as, increasing or decreasing the brightness of the display, the sound volume, sleep, keyboard lock, etc. On the HP Envy notebooks and other notebooks with advanced BIOS options, the function keys can be configured so that it is not necessary to press and hold the fn key.

1 – Function Keys f1 through f12

2 – Configurable Function key fn

Disable fn in the BIOS

To disable, or enable, the function key (fn) in the BIOS, do the following steps.

  1. Press the power button to turn on the computer.
  2. Press the f10 key to open the BIOS setup window.
  3. Use the right-arrow or left-arrow keys to navigate to the System Configuration option.

  4. Use the up-arrow or down-arrow keys to navigate to the Action Keys Mode option, and then press the enter key to display the Enable / Disable menu.
  5. Select the desired mode:
    • Disabled : Requires pressing fn key + f1 through f12 to use the action as indicated on the action key.

      For example, if Disabled , pressing fn + f11 will mute the sound as indicated on the key on this model PC. Alternatively, pressing f11 only will minimize and maximize a web browser if open.

      The action keys may vary depending on the model of notebook.

    • Enabled : Requires pressing only f1 through f12 to use the action as indicated on the action keys.

      For example, if Enabled , pressing f11 only will mute the sound as indicated on the key on this model PC. Alternatively, pressing fn + f11 will minimize and maximize a web browser if open.

      The action keys may vary depending on the model of notebook.

  6. Press f10 key to save the selection and restart the computer.

The function key (fn) option can be reset at any time.

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3 comments

  1. Here’s my problem.
    My aunt uses the FN “Special” keys (Emphasis on special because they’re retarded at times) for everyday activities. I need the FN keys BLANK so I can map them in online games.
    BIOS isn’t right for this. Why can’t there be a way to do this from the Control Panel or something? >_<

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