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Inspiron 15 5000  Setup and Specifications

Keyboard shortcuts

  • NOTE: Keyboard characters may differ depending on the keyboard language configuration. Keys used for shortcuts remain the same across all language configurations.

Some keys on your keyboard have two symbols on them. These keys can be used to type alternate characters or to perform secondary functions. The symbol shown on the lower part of the key refers to the character that is typed out when the key is pressed. If you press shift and the key, the symbol shown on the upper part of the key is typed out. For example, if you press 2, 2 is typed out; if you press Shift + 2, @ is typed out.

The keys F1-F12 at the top row of the keyboard are function keys for multi-media control, as indicated by the icon at the bottom of the key. Press the function key to invoke the task represented by the icon. For example, pressing F1 mutes the audio (refer to the table below).

However, if the function keys F1-F12 are needed for specific software applications, multi-media functionality can be disabled by pressing Fn + Esc. Subsequently, multi-media control can be invoked by pressing Fn and the respective function key. For example, mute audio by pressing Fn + F1.
  • NOTE: You can also define the primary behavior of the function keys (F1–F12) by changing Function Key Behavior in BIOS setup program.
Table 1. List of keyboard shortcuts .

The following table lists the keyboard shortcuts and their descriptions.

Function key Re-defined key (for multi-media control)Behavior
F1 keyMute audio
F2 keyDecrease volume
F3 keyIncrease volume
F4 keyPlay previous track/chapter
F5 keyPlay/Pause
F6 keyPlay next track/chapter
F8 keySwitch to external display
F9 keySearch
F10 keyToggle keyboard backlight (optional)
F11 keyDecrease brightness
F12 keyIncrease brightness

The Fn key is also used with selected keys on the keyboard to invoke other secondary functions.

Function keyBehavior
Function and Print Screen keysTurn off/on wireless
Function and B keysPause/Break
Function and Insert keysSleep
Function and S keysToggle scroll lock
Function and H keysToggle between power and battery-status light/hard-drive activity light
Function and R keysSystem request
Function and right control keysOpen application menu
Function and Escape keysToggle Fn-key lock
Function and up arrow keysPage up
Function and down arrow keysPage down
Function and left arrow keysHome
Function and right arrow keysEnd

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