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XPS 13 9300: Map fn-left and fn-right to Home and End

I'm creating a new thread as the previous question wasn't about the XPS 13 9300.

As a coder and someone who edits and navigates through text to a living, I am disappointed to find that FN+left arrow and FN+right arrow no longer map to End and Home, respectively. My previous XPS 13, the 9350 edition, _did_ exhibit this sensible behaviour. So I ordered the new version without thinking that this might not be the case on the 9300.

Having to bring my hand repeatedly all the way up on the keyboard while navigating, is crippling my ability to work efficiently.

Since I'm using Linux, I tried using xev and showkey to see if any events were sent to the OS at all when pressing these key combinations, but unfortunately, this is not the case. This means that we cannot even create the mapping for ourselves.

My questions are:

- what has been the rationale for this changed behaviour? I can't think of a good reason but perhaps I'm not seeing something?

- is this something that can be fixed with a BIOS update or another workaround

- if yes: is this something that Dell would consider releasing an update for?

 

Unfortunately I may have to trade this laptop for another one because of this. Typing efficiency is too important in my line of work.

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By the way fn+up does page-up and fn+down does pagedown. 

fn+left should do home

fn+right should do end

Please, improve the keyboard firmware. Many people would like same behavior of fn+left, fn+right on the wireless keyboard as the dell laptop keyboard has (home, end). 

More than a year we are discussing same issue for latest models; however noticed that Dell engineers are not browsing community. Maybe Head of firmware development found newer end/home key section useful instead of customer request... Verry sorry about that, don't know why; but I thought that we are playing and listening each other

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Please, Dell, enable Fn+Arrow-Left and Fn+Arrow-Right for Home and End. A separate button for these is so poor. Why you keep changing this basic stuff???? At least allow users to select this on Bios or something. 

 

I am using XP 9310, and the place home and keys are is so damm dumb. please. at least allow users to have the old behavior back,

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Also a problem for me.  A firmware update from Dell would be great!

Same here. The change of key function bothers me a lot. Dell, please make a bios update for the key combination to use fn+L/R as Home/End.

Same here, one of the most used shortcuts in my development work. Cannot see a reason to abandon fn-left/right shortcuts, since they do nothing at all now. That should not be that complex to implement and will provide a great productivity benefit for those who use it a lot (any decent text editing). Please, Dell, make this happen.

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I just got my XPS 15 9500. It has the same issue.

As a developer, I use shortcuts extensively, this one in particular (I go often to the beginning/end of the line). I really do like the system, but this is a deal breaker for me too. For now, I'm using external keyboard, but I'm considering to give up the laptop. I really hope there will be a fix for this.

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I agree. I am developer and got this new Laptop. Had the 9350 before and got used to the keyboard layout.

I don't see any reason for having no second function on the left/right at all and therefore wasting F11 and F12 for home and end. That is very annoying in the daily business of coding as I use those keys very often. It is most logical to have home/end on left/right with fn, I think.

I would very appreciate a possibility to change the layout to that used behaviour!

Hi

Thanks for your response.

I'm aware there is another thread that mentions XPS 9300, but I figured I'd launch a new thread as this is a new model, and it may also help signal to potential buyers that this is how things are. I was also recently contact by someone from Dell through this forum, so I thought a new thread might trigger a similar response, although I don't get my hopes up.

I'm glad to hear that a firmware update could fix it. So it's not actually a hardware (e.g. wiring) problem. And I really hope Dell comes forward with a fix since this seems to be trivial to fix.

I'd even give it a shot myself, but I assume the BIOS updates are signed (and of course without source code it'll take a while).

I'll wait for a Dell response for another 2 weeks while working on my 9350 in the meantime, then return the device.

Fingers crossed (a bit like trying to press Home or End :))

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