Re: Fn Key Issues

molly the blind tech lover

I totally understand. In that case I am not sure how to help with an external keyboard. Sorry about that. I wish I could help.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Jackie
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Fn Key Issues

Molly, going into the bios would possibly help w/an internal keyboard, but would have no effect on an external 1. This comment is not to be critical in any way. You just strike me as someone who wants to learn all they can, & I'm just trying to help you do that. The bios basically affects what's hooked up to the motherboard. Since an external keyboard generally is not, especially on a laptop, then the bios settings would have no effect. I hope that explains. Good call if the keyboard had been an internal 1, though.

On 2/11/19, molly the blind tech lover <brainardmolly@...> wrote:
I think you may need to go in to the bios settings of your machine to
change the behavior of the function key

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Bhavya
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 1:37 PM
To: nvda <>
Cc: bhavya.shah125@...
Subject: [nvda] Fn Key Issues

Dear all,

I apologize for this not being strictly NVDA related, but more in
regards to adapting to a keyboard which poses unique challenges in the
issuance of NVDA key commands. I recently purchased an external
keyboard which was overall great value for money, apart from one pestiferous problem.

To emulate the Home, End, Page Up and Page Down functions, I need to
press the Function (Fn) key in conjunction with the arrow keys. This
is not atypical for me as I need to do this even on my built in laptop keyboard.
However, on my laptop, I am absolutely used to pressing Ctrl followed
by Function followed by right arrow for Ctrl+Home, whereas on this new
external keyboard, I need to hold down Function first, and then press
keys like Ctrl and right arrow. This is getting particularly
problematic since my brain is wired to use the Function key preceding
an arrow key only when I want to select an entire line or page as
opposed to holding down Function first and foremost, and then pressing
things like NVDA modifier+Shift+right arrow to read the status bar.

Is there any way - software settting or device setup or otherwise - by
which I can get this external keyboard to act similar to my laptop
keyboard, in that I need to press the Function key only before the
arrow keys or the key whose secondary function will be induced as
opposed to the first key in any multi-key combinaition?

I would greatly appreciate any assistance in this regard.


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Bhavya Shah

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