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sharpuser

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(List credit @Jesse San Nicolas and others)

Print Screen (Screen image to Clipboard for Paste elsewhere)
Fn + SPACEBAR

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

Print Current Window Only
Fn + ALT+ SPACEBAR

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

Lock or Unlock Fn
Fn + Caps Lock

Home
Fn + Arrow Left

End
Fn + Arrow Right

PgUp
Fn + Arrow Up

PgDown
Fn + Arrow Down

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Requires 'remapping' - See here (credit @mitchellvii)
 

silkrooster

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I took your post and made a quick pdf for others to enjoy. Left the text as is with your name at bottom for creating the post.

Edit- Pdf Update to reflect changes in sharpcolorado post. 1/4/2015
 

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sharpuser

sharpuser

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Bumping this topic for all the newer members.

And here is the way to directly print a screenshot:
 

Joe Torres

Member
(List credit @Jesse San Nicolas and others)

Print Screen (Screen image to Clipboard for Paste elsewhere)
Fn + SPACEBAR

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

Print Current Window Only
Fn + ALT+ SPACEBAR

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

Lock or Unlock Fn
Fn + Caps Lock

Home
Fn + Arrow Left

End
Fn + Arrow Right

PgUp
Fn + Arrow Up

PgDown
Fn + Arrow Down

- - - -

Insert
Requires 'remapping' - See here (credit @mitchellvii)

I had loved the FN button on right side of my Surface pro 3 keyboard but exchanged it now for the SP4 keyboard and they put on the left now and replaced my FN key on the right with a right click key. Well that key is usless for me and now I have to use two hands to change brightness of of my screen.

Am I able to change that right click key to a FN key again?
 
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sharpuser

sharpuser

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Hi, @Joe Torres

Unfortunately, the "Fn" key is very special. It is handled by the BIOS and is a specialty or "modifier" key that is not available to any software. In other words, the Fn key is hardwired. Re-mapping with software or even with a change to the Windows Registry is not possible.

That is why the "Fn" key cannot even be used to wake up your Surface.
 

Joe Torres

Member
I appreciate your quick and detailed response. So is there any way to control the screen brightness with the brightness controls that are on the new Surface pro 4 typecover that is used for backlight of keys?
 

Tsurugaya

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Hi, @Joe Torres

Unfortunately, the "Fn" key is very special. It is handled by the BIOS and is a specialty or "modifier" key that is not available to any software. In other words, the Fn key is hardwired. Re-mapping with software or even with a change to the Windows Registry is not possible.

That is why the "Fn" key cannot even be used to wake up your Surface.
Wish statements like that was in the user manual. You just saved me a lot of aggravation.
 

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