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VERY AWESOME Keyboard Shortcuts!!!

Discussion in 'Dell' started by carldaru, Dec 16, 2007.

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  1. carldaru

    carldaru Notebook Consultant

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    Hey all,

    I was fiddling around with my 1520 the other day (as that's what I do best) and was curious to see if the function key could provide any more functionality (get the pun??? Huh, huh...do ya!?!?!? Ok, that was a bad joke, but anyway...) and I found several keyboard shortcuts that for some reason, DELL doesn't put on their keyboard. The ones I found were:

    Fn + End = Mute Volume
    Fn + Page Down= Volume Down
    Fn + Page Up= Volume Up
    Fn + F10 = Eject CD/DVD Tray
    Fn + Esc= Put Computer to Sleep

    What do you guys think?? Why do you think Dell doesn't put it on the keyboard??
     
  2. Bombers

    Bombers Notebook Geek

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    Eject didn't work for me.
     
  3. Les

    Les Not associated with NotebookReview in any way

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    None work with my m1330
     
  4. tam07

    tam07 Notebook Enthusiast

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    my opinion, in order for those shortcuts to work, need to install the dell quick set. because i have tried if the quickset is not running, those keys are not working.
     
  5. Matt is Pro

    Matt is Pro I'm a PC, so?

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    Dell added these shortcuts to my notebook (in sig).

    I don't use them though. I use the media buttons on the front of the system.
     
  6. alect

    alect Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah I don't get why press 2 keys when each of those has a one key/button equivalent?
     
  7. cell323

    cell323 Notebook Consultant

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    Eject works for me! Awesome! thanx

    If I knew how to rep people I would rep you.. ;-)
     
  8. andrew70677

    andrew70677 Notebook Enthusiast

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    In systems that don't have the media buttons on the front of the system, there are icons for volume control, etc. on the keys you mentioned.

    The functionality is still there in the Quickset utility, even though the keys have been left blank in favor of the front panel buttons.
     
  9. carldaru

    carldaru Notebook Consultant

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    Quickset has to be activated, really? I looked around quickset and the only hotkeys I could find were those already in there and labeled on the keyboard by dell (f1, f3, f8, up, down, etc.)...

    That's odd that it only works for the 1520....
     
  10. woodg

    woodg Notebook Enthusiast

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    Interesting. On my 1720, the following work:
    Fn + Page Down= Volume Down
    Fn + Page Up= Volume Up
    Fn + F10 = Eject CD/DVD Tray

    Fn + End = loads the calculator (and an icon for this is printed on the End key)
    Fn + Esc= Have not tried this one yet.
     
  11. n19htmare

    n19htmare Notebook Evangelist

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    Open QUickSet and click on Hotkeys....
     
  12. Metamorphical

    Metamorphical The Random Mod Super Moderator

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    Eject CD and the one that brings up the battery meter are my two favorite shortcuts.
     
  13. L.Rawlins

    L.Rawlins Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't have Quickset installed and these work on my works 1501. Mind you, all the corresponding keys also have icons on them supporting the functionality too.

    Another one that I see here printed on the keyboard that doesn't appear to have been mentioned so far is 'Fn + F2' to switch wireless signals on and off. Quite useful that one for the battery conscious amongst you.
     
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    First four shortcuts work on my Vostro, I don't want my PC to sleep though so I haven't tried the last one in the OP's list.

    Nice to know about the extra undocumented shortcuts though. I do have quickset on this system since I didn't reformat (yet).
     
  15. Corleone187

    Corleone187 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Great Find! Thanks!
     
  16. trackstar

    trackstar Notebook Consultant

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    this has been on dells for a while now...its just been replaced by the hardware buttons...but are still hardcoded to the original places....Fn+esc does sleep like it used to do in older dells.
     
  17. billcsho

    billcsho Notebook Deity

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    It depends on your version of Quickset.
     
  18. bobmilkman

    bobmilkman Newbie

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    All Fn keyboard shortcuts i know of (not all written written on keys):

    Fn + Esc = Sleep (vista)
    Fn + F1 = Hibernate
    Fn + F2 = Wireless/ bluetooth switch
    Fn + F3 = Battery Meter
    Fn + F7 = Switch between wide screen and full screen aspect ratio (some models)
    Fn + F8 = Switch between external monitor and display
    Fn + F10 = Eject CD drive
    Fn + PgUp = Vol up
    Fn + PgDn = Vol down
    Fn + End = Mute/unmute
    Fn + Up = Brightness up
    Fn + Down = Brightnes Down


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  19. PJ@y-Z

    PJ@y-Z Notebook Evangelist

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    1. Make sure that Dell QuickSet has been activated.
    2. Click on your desktop.
    3. Try Fn + F10 ;)

    It works for me (Vostro 1500) :rolleyes:

    REP + =)
     
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