How to Enable Function Keys on Toshiba Laptops: Change Fn Key Settings, Lock

Are you facing some trouble while using the function keys? Is your Toshiba laptop not letting you enable the function keys? Let’s help you out with it!

The function keys help you perform various tasks on your computer. You can enable the function keys on your Toshiba laptop by going through the settings, examining the program management tab, and by checking the Fn box given on your system.

The function key labeled as Fn key, located at the bottom left corner of your Toshiba laptop keyboard has multiple uses. You can use the Fn key simultaneously with the other function keys (F1 – F12) located on the very top of your keyboard.

By using the Fn key along with the other function keys you can perform various special functions like adjusting the volume, adjusting the brightness of your screen, enabling or exiting full-screen mode, etc.

With the current settings on your particular Toshiba laptop, the other function keys with not be able to function on their own. You will have to engage the Fn key in order to enable the other function keys.

The Fn key does not turn on or off on its own. There are settings that can help you enable the Fn key in certain ways or just disable it completely.

How to enable the Fn key in Windows 10: Remove Toshiba Function Key Lock

How to Disable Fn key on a Laptop?
Credits: TechFAQs

You have to go through a very simple method in order to enable the Fn key. To enable it:

  • Step 1: Firstly click on “Start” and then click on “Program” or “All programs”
  • Step 2: Now click on “Toshiba” and the select “Utilities”
  • Step 3: Then select “Accessibility”
  • Step 4: Now check the box to ensure that the Fn key is enabled.

Checking the box will enable the Fn key. You can now enable the functions by simultaneously pressing the Fn key and the required function key (F1 -F12) or by pressing it immediately after pressing the required function key.

The easiest way to check whether the Fn key has been enabled or not is to press Fn key and the Esc key simultaneously. These two keys when press together toggles with the sound of your computer.

If the sound of your computer is turned on or off by pressing the keys together this means that the Fn key is enabled and is working on your laptop.

If the Fn key is not working even after turning it on in the settings this means that there is some hardware issue with your laptop and you should get it checked by a licensed repair technician.

Using Toshiba HW Setup Program

HW Setup Program

Another method is to download the HWSetup to configure the special function mode of the keys. After downloading it, go through with the HW Setup dialog.

The utility can configure peripherals like Keyboard, Display, and others.

How to enable standard F1-F12 method

How To Use The Function (Fn) Keys On Your Laptop
Keys for special functions, Credits: Technize

You can enable the standard F1-F12 function key method on your Toshiba laptop. By enabling the standard method you do not have to press the Fn key for the rest of the function keys to work anymore.

For Windows 8.0 and 8.1

To enable the standard F1-F12 mode on Windows 8.0 and 8.1:

  • Step 1: Go to the start screen, type out system settings and then press enter
  • Step 2: In the system settings click on “keyboard” located on the dropdown menu bar on your left
  • Step 3: Under function keys mode heading select standard F1-F12 mode

By following these steps you will enable standard F1-F12 mode on your laptop.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7

To enable the standard F1-F12 mode on Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • Step 1: Click on the start button
  • Step 2: In the search bar shown below type out “HWSetup” and select the HWSetup option in the given list
  • Step 3: Now in the HWSetup window click on the keyboard tab
  • Step 4: Under the function keys mode heading select standard F1-F12 mode and click on OK
  • Step 5: A “Change will occur” tab will pop up on your screen when you will reboot your laptop. Press “Yes” to reboot now or “No” to reboot later

By following the upper given steps you can either enable the Toshiba function keys onto your system or you can enable the standard F1-F12 method onto your system.

What is Toshiba function key utility?

The Toshiba function key utility is a program that is designed to provide the users with a way to enable support for the Fn key on different laptop models. The function Fn key provides different features such as adjusting brightness, security, etc.

Why is the volume button not working on my Toshiba laptop?

The only reason behind this error can be that your keyboard drivers are outdated. This issue can be resolved by reinstalling these keyboard drivers. To reinstall drivers go to Device Manager, right-click on the keyboard and select uninstall.

Now close the device manager and restart your computer. This way the keyboard drivers will be reinstalled.

What is the BIOS key on Toshiba satellite?

The BIOS key is a single key located on the Toshiba satellite and in most cases it serves the same functions as the F2 function key. To access the BIOS key on your laptop, repeatedly press the F2 key right after you switch your laptop on.


We hope now you have a working idea on customizing the function lock to your liking regardless of a particular Toshiba laptop model. Because the methods we discussed work for all the Toshiba laptops.

Let us know in the comments below if you were unable to run the HW setup program or had issues with the HW setup dialog. Toshiba’s HW setup utility can be tricky at times.

We’ll do our best to assist you in getting rid of the Fn lock and get you using your favorite key combination!

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