How to disable function keys on Dell keyboard

November 4, 2010 at 11:43:27
Specs: Windows XP
I need to disable the function keys on a standard wired Dell keyboard. How would I go about accomplishing this?

Thanks in advance!

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November 4, 2010 at 12:17:47
Why do you think you need to disable the F keys ?

If this is on a laptop, malfunctioning laptop keyboards are common and are relatively cheap to replace with a new one. In the mean time, you can use a USB connected keyboard, or a PS/2 connected keyboard if your model has a PS/2 port, for most things.

If you want to press F8 while booting on a Windows system to get the boot choices menu and something else pops up first, you just cancel or Esc that and quickly press F8 again and you will get the boot choices menu.

On most computers, you DO NOT hold down the F8 key while booting - you repeatedly press it - but some laptops are exceptions to that rule.

Some keyboards have a special key or key combo that toggles the F keys off/on - it's toggled on by default, and may come on again after you reboot.
If the keyboard came with the computer, look for info about that in the Owner's or User's manual for the model. If it didn't come with the computer or if the info isn't in the manual, look up the keyboard manual on the Dell web site.

Other than that, I have no idea.

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November 4, 2010 at 12:20:01
I need to disable the function keys so that the people who are using a kiosk that we have created can not use them to access things we do not want them to access.

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November 4, 2010 at 12:35:02
The only thing I can think of is...

If the keyboard has a button that toggles the F keys Off/On, if it retains the state of that after the computer is rebooted, you could toggle it off then disconnect the wire(s) to it inside the keyboard, if it has wires that is.
Or you could buy another keyboard that has such a wired button, and disconnect the wire(s) on that. .

You can't prevent people from loading a virtual keyboard in Windows, or whatever operating system, and being able to access F keys even if you disable the physical keyboard from doing that. e.g. there's the onscreen keyboard in 2000 and XP - you merely type OSK at the Run prompt to load it.

There may be some setting you can alter e.g. in the Registry, but I have no idea what that would be.

Have you tried searching the web with: "disable F keys" or similar ?

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November 4, 2010 at 12:38:50
of course I've tried searching the web.

It's running linux btw

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November 4, 2010 at 12:50:42
You could re-map the F keys in the operating system to do nothing useful.

Try searching using "re-map F keys" in Linux, or
"re-map keyboard keys" in Linux,
or similar.

E.g. a page about how you do it in Windows:

Sometimes you need to use quotes at either end of a group of words when you search, otherwise you get too many useless "hits".

Also, try using different search engines. E.g. I find Yahoo a lot more useful than Google for searching for computer related info - different search priorities.

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November 4, 2010 at 13:07:35
The problem is that the IT dept still needs to use the keys so re-mapping might not be the best option. We need something to prohibit the use of the keys with all other users.

Thanks anyway for your help

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November 4, 2010 at 13:33:02
Have a 'fixed' keyboard for the kiosk. (cut the trace for the function key row) Tell IT to brimg their own keyboard.

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November 4, 2010 at 14:41:38
Those are good ideas wizard-fred.

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