HOW-TO: Disable The Fn + Function on HP Laptops

Having the ability to tap a button to toggle things like screen brightness with a single button press is neat, no doubt. Sometimes, though, you still want to hit a function key -- and just do that. On the ENVY line, for example, you hit the "fn" key plus whatever function key you need in order to do that. So hitting "Alt + f4" becomes "Alt + fn + f4." For stubborn, old-school nerds like me, there's a way to revert back to simpler times. You know, when function buttons were just function buttons. In short, I want to get the “fn” out! Keep on reading to learn how it's done.

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. In fact, you can reverse the process and make it so that you need to hit the "fn" key to adjust screen brightness and so on.
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. (On newer computers, you need to hold down the "esc" key. Then you can opt to go into the BIOS settings.)
  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:
  6. Disabled: You still have the ability to use all those neat shortcut features like ejecting discs, toggling the WiFi and so on with the f1 through f12 keys. Now, in order to use them, you need to hold down the "fn" button to activate the shortcut feature. For exmple, 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.)
  7. 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.
  8. Press f10 key to save the selection and restart the computer.
The function key (fn) option can be reset at any time by going back into the BIOS.
See? Pretty simple, right?
If there are quick tricks for tweaking out your laptop, we're here for you. And if you've discovered a little trick that makes your experience with an HP laptop even better, I'd love to hear it!

by garrisonwa
on ‎02-14-2013 10:28 AM

This may be premature because I haven't actually tried it yet, but assuming it works.....


I love you .... would you be my valentine?? Smiley Happy I have been meaning to look this up for a long time...

by GizmoGladstone
on ‎02-14-2013 11:01 AM

you're welcome! (it was something that  I wanted to change on my end as well, so np!)




and I'm spoken for, but thanks!! Smiley Happy

by jaydoubledub
on ‎03-06-2013 08:45 AM

You sir, are now my new fourth-best internet friend!

Now I can toggle high slots on EVE with ease! lol Closing tabs?  No problem!  


by boxeegrrrl
on ‎05-10-2013 09:01 PM

Fairly old post but do you know of anyway to do the same thing for a 23" ENVY TouchSmart? (d160qd if it matters). Thanks!

by daviiiiiid
on ‎02-27-2015 03:19 PM
I'll need some help here. I got an Envy 13 X2 (13-j020ca) and "Action Keys mode" is not in the BIOS at all..
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