This has already been covered in a post at http://gsfn.us/t/4z2qd, but for some reason that topic is closed after only four months.
-On that post:
-How do I change the function keys to work as f1-f12 instead of volume control, copy controls, etc… without pressing Fn key? There is a lock icon on the f12 key but it doesn’t seem to do anything?
-And the answer:
-Unfortunately, those keys are hard coded to work as a F keys with the function buttons and as the keys your mention without it. The lock key serves to lock the screen on mobile devices.
-This decision was made in the expectation that most users would be connecting the keyboard to an iOS or Android device and would find the F keys less useful, since they only work in Windows with a few exceptions, such as programs that emulate MS-Dos or Windows.
This is a really frustrating issue for me. Other than this issue, I love this keyboard.
In Windows, I use the function key’s all the time to perform actions like closing an active window (ALT+F4). The ability to set whether the function keys work as Function keys or Media keys is a very standard feature. To have your keyboard’s function keys default to being media keys seems to go against the grain of usability standards; it’s an unexpected setup
I understand the reasoning, but why hard code it? I’d venture that anyone purchasing a keyboard expects the Fn Key to access “special” functions, or to at least have a Function Key lock to set their desired use.
In this case, Pluggable has *removed* standard functionality.