How to Invert FN Keys in Ubuntu


The Ubuntu operating system includes drivers for many keyboards as part of the kernel, making it easy to get started using your computer, but also allows you to make adjustments to your keyboard so it is set up conveniently. Some prefer the Function keys to use as their standard functions, while others prefer to use them as media keys. Though the FN key allows you to toggle between uses, you can set your keyboard to act as one set by default, in either capacity.

  • Click on the applications menu and enter "settings" into the search bar. Open the "System Settings" application.

  • Open the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tool.

  • Scroll through the list of shortcuts to find the behavior associated to your function key. For example, FN+F10 usually mutes your computer's volume or FN+F12 usually increases volume. These defaults may vary on your keyboard.

  • Click on the "Shortcut" column of the behavior you want to invert and press the function key you want to be the default. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for all of your function keys.

  • Press the "Close" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • To restore your function keys to their standard capacities, repeat Steps 3 and 4 but this time press and hold the FN key and tap the function key for each shortcut.
  • You can also use this method to set shortcuts for other behaviors in the list.
  • To invert the settings for all of your function keys from the standard use to media functions, enter the BIOS before boot and select the option to use media before function under the function key options.

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