Function keys on Dell laptop work double as OEM keys

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Published on 2009-08-13T20:35:48Z Indexed on 2010/04/17 23:43 UTC
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I'm working with a new Dell Studio 1555, and the F1-F12 keys at the top of the keyboard are dual function with OEM keys such as volume and screen brightness. The problem is, is that the OEM keys are the default, and you have to press the Fn key to get the F- key to work.

For example, this means you have to hit Alt+Fn+F4 to close a window, instead of the regular Alt+F4. This is really annoying. Is there a way to reverse the default functions of the F- keys in Windows?

Ideally this is possible without some kind of third party hotkey manager.

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