Keyboard Feature Compatibility

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Function Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

F1 - Help

F1 Key
Dash

App-dependant. Launches About Windows 8 FAQs in Internet Explorer

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Launches Help and Support

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F3 - Redo

F2 Key
Dash

App-dependant.

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Undoes Explorer Action

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F3 - Redo

F3 Key
Dash

App-dependant.

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Redoes Explorer Action

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F4 - New

F4 Key
Dash

App-dependant.

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, New tab in Internet Explorer, New window in Explorer

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F5 - Open

F5 Key
Dash

App-dependant.

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, Ctrl+o in Internet Explorer, No action in Explorer

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F6 - Close

F6 Key
Dash

App-dependant. Closes currently active tab in Internet Explorer

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Closes currently active Window or tab

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F7 - Reply

F7 Key
X

Not Compatible

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, Reply in Outlook

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F8 - FWD

F8 Key
X

Not Compatible

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, Forward in Outlook

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F9 - Send

F9 Key
X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F10 - Spell

F10 Key
X

Not Compatible

Dash

App-dependant.

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F11 - Save

F11 Key
X

Not Compatible

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, No action in Internet Explorer, Saves current file in Notepad

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

F12 - Print

F12 Key
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Opens Print Dialog

Dash

App-dependant. No action on Desktop, No action in Explorer, launches print dialog in Internet Explorer, notepad

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Windows Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Left Windows Key

Left Windows Key
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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

Right Windows Key

Right Windows Key
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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

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Toggles between Start screen and current app

Browser Nav Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Browser Back Key

Back and Forward Keys
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Performs Back function in Internet Explorer

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Performs Back function in Internet Explorer and Explorer

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Performs Back function in Internet Explorer

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Performs Back function in Internet Explorer and Explorer

Browser Forward Key

Back and Forward Keys
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Performs Forward function in Internet Explorer

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Performs Forward function in Internet Explorer and Explorer

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Performs Forward function in Internet Explorer

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Performs Forward function in Internet Explorer and Explorer

Favorites Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

My Favorites 1

Favourite Key 1
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Opens 1st item on taskbar in desktop and switches to it

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Opens 1st item on taskbar

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

My Favorites 2

Favourite Key 2
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Opens 2nd item on taskbar in desktop and switches to it

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Opens 2nd item on taskbar

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

My Favorites 3

Favourite Key 3
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Opens 3rd item on taskbar in desktop and switches to it

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Opens 3rd item on taskbar

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

My Favorites 4

Favourite Key 4
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Opens 4th item on taskbar in desktop and switches to it

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Opens 4th item on taskbar

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

My Favorites 5

Favourite Key 5
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Opens 5th item on taskbar in desktop and switches to it

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Opens 5th item on taskbar

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Show Favorites

Show Favourites Key
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Launches My Favorites on Desktop but doesn't switch to it

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Launches My Favorites

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Shortcut Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Home

Home Key
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Launches default broswer/home page on Desktop but doesn't switch to it

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Launches default broswer/home page

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Launches Internet Explorer in Start screen

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Launches Internet Explorer in Start screen

Search

Search Key
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Launches Start screen search dialog

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Launches Start screen search dialog

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Launches Start screen search dialog

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Launches Start screen search dialog

Mail

Mail Key
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Opens default Mail program on Desktop but doesn't switch to it

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Opens default Mail program

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Opens Start screen Messaging App

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Opens Start screen Messaging App

Calculator

Calculator Key
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Opens Calculator on Desktop but doesn't switch to it

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Starts Calculator

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Opens Calculator on Desktop and switches to it

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Opens Calculator on Desktop and switches to it

Application

Application Key
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Same as Right-Click

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Same as Right-Click

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Same as Right-Click

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Same as Right-Click

Documents

Documents Key
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Opens Documents library on Desktop and switches to it

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Opens Documents library

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Pictures

Pictures Key
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Opens Pictures Library on Desktop and switches to it

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Opens Pictures Library

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Media

Media Key
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Opens Media Player on Desktop but doesn't switch to it

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Opens Media Player

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Opens Start screen Music app

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Opens Start screen Music app

Messenger

Messenger Key
X

Not Compatible

Checkmark

Displays key not cofigured dialog

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

Media Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Mute

Mute Key
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Mutes currently active sound device (no widget display)

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Mutes currently active sound device

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Mutes currently active sound device

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Mutes currently active sound device

Volume +

Volume Up Key
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Increases Volume to currently active sound device (no widget display)

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Increases Volume to currently active sound device

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Increases Volume to currently active sound device

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Increases Volume to currently active sound device

Volume -

Volume Down Key
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Reduces Volume to currently active sound device (no widget display)

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Reduces Volume to currently active sound device

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Reduces Volume to currently active sound device

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Reduces Volume to currently active sound device

Play / Pause

Play / Pause Key
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Plays/Pauses Media Player if loaded

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Plays/Pauses Media Player if loaded

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Plays/Pauses Music App if loaded

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Plays/Pauses Music App if loaded

Prev Track

Previous Track Key
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Skips to previous track if Media Player loaded and running

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Skips to previous track if Media Player loaded and running

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Skips to previous track if Music App loaded and running

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Skips to previous track if Music App loaded and running

Next Track

Next Track Key
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Skips to next track if Media Player loaded and running

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Skips to next track if Media Player loaded and running

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Skips to next track if Music App loaded and running

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Skips to next track if Music App loaded and running

Stop

Stop Key
X

Not Compatible

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Stops playback in Media Player if running

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Stops playback in Music app if running

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Stops playback in Music app if running

Lock Keys

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Scroll Lock

Scroll Lock Key
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Toggles ScrollLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles ScrollLock State

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Toggles ScrollLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles ScrollLock State (On/Off)

Num Lock

Num Lock Key
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Toggles NumLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles NumLock State

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Toggles NumLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles NumLock State (On/Off)

Caps Lock

Caps Lock Key
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Toggles CapsLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles CapsLock State

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Toggles CapsLock State (On/Off)

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Toggles CapsLock State (On/Off)

F Lock

F Lock Key
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Toggles F-Lock State (On/Off)

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Toggles F-Lock State

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Toggles F-Lock State (On/Off)

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Toggles F-Lock State (On/Off)

Misc.

Windows 8

Windows RT

Start screen

Desktop

Start screen

Desktop

Zoom Wheel

Zoom Wheel See full image
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Zooms In/Out

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Zooms In/Out

X

Not Compatible

X

Not Compatible

* With Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 Software, some features are application dependent

Note regarding products not shown in the dropdown above:
Many Microsoft Hardware products that don't state Windows 8 system requirements will at least have basic functionality in Windows 8, however advanced functionality may not be available.

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