Hidden FN keys for Screenshot, Print Screen, and Screen Brightness. What else is there?

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  1. Jesse San Nicolas

    Jesse San Nicolas Member

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    I feel like I just discovered the Surface Pro 3's type cover keyboard dirty little secret's, using unmarked FN shortcuts. I almost feel like I wish this was a sticky as it could have saved me countless time wasted using the on-screen menu, had I known sooner. These are what I found so far scattered in many different post throughout this forum.

    Print Screen
    FN + SPACEBAR

    Screenshot (Saved in Pictures folder)
    FN + WINDOWS KEY + SPACEBAR (in this order)

    Screen Brightness
    FN + DEL = Screen Brightness UP
    FN + BACKSPACE = Screen Brightness DOWN

    What other hidden FN key type cover shortcuts are there that us Surface Pro owners should be aware of to save time, and also very useful that I can add to this list? Maybe a volume UP and volume DOWN shortcut? Yes, I know, but many times I really don't feel like lifting my arm to hit the volume keys!
     
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    Fn+Caps Lock = Function key toggle lock
    Fn + Arrows = Home, End, Pg Up/Dn
     
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    Print Current Window Only
    FN + ALT+ SPACEBAR

    Page Up
    FN + ARROW UP

    Page Down
    FN + ARROW DOWN

    Home
    FN + ARROW LEFT

    End
    FN + ARROW RIGHT

    Function Keys Active / Inactive
    FN + CAPS
     
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    Thanks for the tips guys! I just copy/pasted all these in my OneNote for reference. I knew of the screen brightness and one of the print screen brightness, glad there were more!
     
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    The screen brightness one is GOLD Jerry!

    I would love if they had an FN function to toggle WiFi On/Off. Would make the "limited" connectivity issue a lot easier to deal with...
     
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    Too bad a hardware or Fn key is not already available to to that, but...

    There is a sweet little utility here to toggle on and off 'Airplane Mode', which can be assigned a shortcut key.

    I posted an alternative here: http://www.surfaceforums.net/thread...-tile-you-really-need-windows-8-and-8-1.8446/

    airplanemode.png

    airplane_mode_tiles.jpg
     
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    I wish there was hidden keys to raise and lower the volume. I don't always find the volume rocker convenient.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I just tried SharpColorado's suggestions above for airplane mode toggles. I used the utilities he recommended and assigned shortcuts to them. Here is what they look like on my Start Screen:
    upload_2014-12-15_9-45-30.png
     
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    Tiles are resizeable, too.

    I assigned keyboard shortcuts using the " { " and " } " symbols, since they look like aircraft. The shortcuts automatically revert to [ and ], but that works fine.

    So now, I can either use the tiles, or toggle Airplane Mode with
    Ctrl+Alt+{ - off
    or
    Ctrl+Alt+} - on
     
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