FN key is a dead horse squatting in your front yard.
When you buy a keyboard, never get one that has Fn key in place of ▤ Menu key. Because, the Fn key is hardwired, you cannot remap in Operating System. If you don't like its preset multimedia functions, it becomes a useless key on one of the most useful spot.
History of the FN Key on Laptops
I think the FN key originally began on laptop keyboards. [see Laptop Keyboards]
At least as early as the ThinkPad 360PE keyboard, year 1994.
It also appeared on Apple iBook G4 Snow keyboard (year 2003). [see Apple Laptop Keyboards]
The Fn key is created as a modifier key to control sound level up/down, or screen brightness.
History of the FN Key on External Keyboards
I think it's logitech that popularized the FN key on external keyboards , beginning around 2009.
This serves 2 purposes for them.
- ① reduce cost of physical keys on keyboard, such as volume up/down, multimedia keys.
- ② a key to replace the not very useful ▤ Menu Key. [see Keyboard Menu/App Key].
[see Logitech Non-Gaming Keyboards]
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