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Hi, I'm using an HP notebook. Also I used some software that make me keyboard shortcuts. But non of them can identify or use only the "FN" key to assign it with some other keys.
What I need is an application that can assigns me some shortcuts with the "FN" key.
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by:AndreDekolta
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Check HPs website.  Look into the model you're using.  You'll find a utility provided by HP which allows you to assign functions to keys and modify "some."
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by:eeree
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I think, that AndreDekolta meaned this utility:
http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqnk/us/download/22702.html

Have fun ;)
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by:sniper038
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i've checked HP's site but all topics about the "FN" key are talking about problems. there was nothing about my question. however, i've contacted the support team asking if there is a such thing. And if there is points go to "AndreDekolta". But I don't believe there will be a such thing.

>>eeree
your talking about the Quick Launch Buttons; and that has no relation with the "FN" key.
it's for some other extra keys.
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i've checked HP's site but all topics about the "FN" key are talking about problems. there was nothing about my question. however, i've contacted the support team asking if there is a such thing. And if there is points go to "AndreDekolta". But I don't believe there will be a such thing.

>>eeree
your talking about the Quick Launch Buttons; and that has no relation with the "FN" key.
it's for some other extra keys.
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No time for homework...
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by:cj_1969
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Your FN key accesses the BIOS/hardware interface of your machine.
I'm sure it is possible for the OS to use this key with an intercept and assign it macro capabilities in conjunction with other keys ... but why.  You run the risk of messing with your hardware control ...and for that reason, it mightnot be supported.
If all you are looking for is additional macro key controls, why not use use multiple key combinations such as CTRL+SHIFT+<OtherKey>.  Many applications let you do this kind of key combination.  It should be just as easy to remember adding one additional key to the sequence as it is to remember a key that you never normally use.
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by:cj_1969
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If you are feeling adventurous you could try and write your own app to do what you want.
SysInternals has a program that does something similar, it watches the keyboard inputs, intercepts a particular key sequence and replaces the contents with another sequence ... if you get the keyboard scan code for the FN key then you could program an intercept for any key sequences you wanted and create your own inputs if you don't want to have the users pressing multiple keys to execute their macros.  
Just an idea  :)
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by:sniper038
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I've got HP's support team respond:
>>Based on the information provided in your email we do understand that you wish to know if >>you could assign more keys with the 'FN' key.
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>>The FN keys are pre-assigned with functions as per the respective combinations. Adding >>more keys with the FN keys or reassigning the function of the FN keys is not possible.

And I've noticed that most (keyboard hot keys) software do not recognize or can't use the "FN" key, and I don't care why. But I believe there must be a good reason :P

However, I've found an open source program (very cooooool one) it uses the "Win" key with any other combination, but in professional way.
http://www.qliner.com/hotkeys/default.htm

I guess my question will get refunded.!!
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