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Inspiron 15 3515 Setup and Specifications

Keyboard shortcuts

NOTE Keyboard characters may differ depending on the keyboard language configuration. Keys that are 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 that is 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 Redefined key (for multimedia control) Behavior
F1 keyFunction and F1 keysMute audio
F2 keyFunction and F2 keysDecrease volume
F3 keyFunction and F3 keysIncrease volume
F4 keyFunction and F4 keysPlay/Pause
F5 keyFunction and F5 keysToggle keyboard backlight (optional)
NOTE Non-backlight keyboards have F5 function key without the backlight icon and does not support toggle keyboard backlight function.
F6 keyFunction and F6 keysDecrease brightness
F7 keyFunction and F7 keysIncrease brightness
F8 keyFunction and F8 keysSwitch to external display
F10 keyFunction and F10 keysPrint screen
F11 keyFunction and F11 keysHome
F12 keyFunction and F12 keysEnd

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

Table 2. List of keyboard shortcuts

The following table lists the keyboard shortcuts and their descriptions.

Function key Behavior
Function and B keysPause/Break
Function and S keysToggle scroll lock
Function and R keysSystem request
Function and right control keysOpen application menu
Function and Escape keysToggle Fn-key lock

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