need access to my function keys


ken lawrence
 

Hi NVDA list new computer my windows 10 machine bit the big one.  Am using a windows 11 machine and am having a bit of an issue.  There is no number lock on the machine apparently and there are 21 function keys on here and they also serve as a whole bunch of different functions. There is a function key to the left of the spacebar next to ctrl and according to NVDA input help keys that say nothing. So it is possible that there is more than one option I tried the left of the spacebar key together with escape and the left shift to toggle this key off and on nothing happened. Does anyone know how to correct this issue so I can get to my function keys so I can do everything right including shutting down?  You aren’t supposed to hit the power button off unless it is a last resort. Also on a related note one of these supposedly well trained tech support people at HP who knew nothing about what a screen reader was, let alown what NVDA was said something like how he saw nothing that told him NVDA worked with windows 11 yet.  This is bunk since obviously I’m typing this message Huh?  What is the scoop on NVDA and windows 11? 

 

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Chris
 

You will have to go into the bios to revert the function keys  to their normal function

 

In the meantime you have to hold down the FN key whilst pressing the function key along with any other key sequence for your normal windows operation

 

Awkward or what!

 

 

From: ken lawrence via groups.io
Sent: 20 October 2021 12:39
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] need access to my function keys

 

Hi NVDA list new computer my windows 10 machine bit the big one.  Am using a windows 11 machine and am having a bit of an issue.  There is no number lock on the machine apparently and there are 21 function keys on here and they also serve as a whole bunch of different functions. There is a function key to the left of the spacebar next to ctrl and according to NVDA input help keys that say nothing. So it is possible that there is more than one option I tried the left of the spacebar key together with escape and the left shift to toggle this key off and on nothing happened. Does anyone know how to correct this issue so I can get to my function keys so I can do everything right including shutting down?  You aren’t supposed to hit the power button off unless it is a last resort. Also on a related note one of these supposedly well trained tech support people at HP who knew nothing about what a screen reader was, let alown what NVDA was said something like how he saw nothing that told him NVDA worked with windows 11 yet.  This is bunk since obviously I’m typing this message Huh?  What is the scoop on NVDA and windows 11? 

 

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Generally the "media keys" function of the function keys must be turned off in UEFI/BIOS.  But, there are brands like Lenovo that have a utility where it can be done under Windows.

The make and model of the machine in question is necessary to give a definitive answer.  And it's likely to be a UEFI/BIOS tweak, which will require sighted help.
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Mohammed Al Shara
 

If it's an HP laptop, you could try to toggle function keys by pressing function plus left shift once.