Monthly Archives: September 2009

F-Lock Key on Microsoft Keyboard

With the new computer at the Web Design SIG, using Windows Explorer, we just wanted to rename a file. We knew that the shortcut was F2 but  hitting that gave no joy.

Finally we settled for using the right mouse click to select Rename. What were we doing wrong?

Later I needed to use F3 to exit without saving in an editor I was using. Again no way.

Then, after actually reading through all the text on the keys, I noticed the F Lock key. We hit that and the function keys then worked!

We should have noticed that something was different when all the Function keys had other text on the tops. In our defense, with the room in semi-darkness, we were touch-typing and just watching the projector image on the wall. Well, we knew where all the keys were, didn’t we?

Microsoft make many variants of their keyboards, but after a Google search, here’s one that looks similar to ours:

F-Lock key

Tuesday 22 September – Main Meeting – 6–8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt


Although Windows 7 launches next month, Microsoft’s biggest competitor besides Apple is from Linux, a free and open source operating system that lets you modify it any way you like, and can genuinely serve as a complete replacement for Windows, be it XP, Vista or 7.

A couple of months ago, a Sydney PCUG member emailed me to ask if we could have a presentation on Linux. What is it, what does it look like, how does it work, how does it compare to Windows, why is it free of charge, what kind of software is available for it, how many people use Linux around the world, and why do people keep on buying Windows if Linux is as good, and is free?

These and many more questions will be answered at our Tuesday night meeting, where Linux expert, fellow iTWire journalist and major mining company CIO (Chief Information Officer) David M. Williams will be driving down from his base in Newcastle to give us an expert and entertaining look at Linux, and why you could and even should use Linux – even if you’re happy with your Windows system.

Linux is definitely exciting, and with even really old computers able to run Linux where Windows would just give up, Linux presents a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill, revitalise old computers, surf the web in an effectively virus and malware-free environment and more.

You can even learn how to run Windows and Linux at the same time, on the same computer – without needing to know anything about “virtualisation” or anything else complicated.

Linux is an operating system and even a movement you’ll hear more and more about, while at the same time, Windows 7 becomes Microsoft’s most popular ever operating system.

So, come along to the main meeting of the Sydney PC Users group and learn about the amazing world of Linux!

See you there