This is a tutorial on how to change the default settings of the media/function keys in Acer Laptops so that the keys normally work as function keys and as media keys when used in combination with the FN key.
Jump to – Steps to Change Function Key Settings
- Step O: Plug in your charging cable
- Step 1. Shut down your laptop
- Step 2. Enter the boot screen
- Step 3. Head over to the Main tab and function key settings
- Step 4. Change Function key setting
- Step 5. Save the settings
In Acer Aspire laptops Function keys work as Media Keys as default – How to change it?
If you have bought an Acer Aspire laptop recently, you must have found a very unusual default setting. Unlike the previous Acer Laptops with dual function/media key, which worked as function as default, the newer laptops work as media key as default.
Since most laptops nowadays are used for entertainment purposes, this setup does make sense. However, if you use it for other work, it becomes a problem.
For example when you have to use the functions keys with shift or other keys. Like shift + F2 in MS Word to cycle through capitalization. In the current set up you will have to use FN + Shift + F2 which is not easy unless you are an Acrobat.
Steps to change the default Function key setup
For changing the settings we need to change the settings in the BIOS via the boot screen
This setting change needs tweaking the BIOS setting. Changing any wrong setting may severely damage your laptop. Unless you are comfortable using the Boot screen and BIOS setup and have some experience in changing the BIOS setup, it is strongly suggested that you don’t proceed further.
Please go ahead at your own risk.
Step O: Plug in your charging cable
This is not a step technically, but nevertheless a very important instruction. Make sure your computer has enough charge or is connected to the wall outlet. It is not a good idea for your computer to shut down midway when you are on the boot screen. The results can be – bad.
Step 1. Shut down your laptop
Shut down your laptop if it’s not. Don’t use restart, sleep, hibernate, etc. You can only enter the Boot screen when your computer is starting (booting)
Step 2. Enter the boot screen
Once your laptop is switched off, we can enter the Boot screen.
Press the on switch and immediately start pressing the F2 key repeatedly. You just need to press the F2 key (you don’t need to press the FN key along with this).
You might see the Acer logo and then the screen will go black. Don’t stop pressing the F2 key. Keep pressing the F2 key until you see the boot screen.
The boot screen will be something like the screenshot below
Step 3. Head over to the Main tab and function key settings
Once in the BIOS screen, use the right/left arrow key to select the main tab. Use the primary arrow keys, the one on the Numpad might not work.
Next use the sown arrow to go to the Function Key Behaviour option
Step 4. Change Function key setting
Once you have selected the function key behavior setting, press enter key to change the setting
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the Function Key option. By default, the Media Key selection is selected.
Press enter to confirm the selection
Step 5. Save the settings
Once you have changed the settings, confirm the same. If everything looks okay, save and exit. Normally you need to press F10 to save the settings.
Do check the botom ribbon to check which key is for saving and exit
You are done
Once the computer restarts, check the function keys.
Hope this tutorial was easy to follow and helpful.