How to swap function keys and media keys on Haswell ThinkPads

If you have a ThinkPad released 2013 and onwards, you may have noticed you have to press the Fn-key every time to use a function key (F1 – F12). Some people, e prefer to use the function keys above the media keys, and here is the solution to your problem.

Pressing Fn + Esc toggles Fn-Lock, which allows you to use the function keys without having to press the Fn-key every time. Press Fn + Esc again to undo this.

Applies to these Lenovo ThinkPad models:

  • E431 / E531, E440 / E540, E555
  • L440/L540
  • S431 / S531, S440 / S540
  • T431s, T440(p/s), T540p
  • W540 / W541, W550s
  • S1 Yoga (2013), Yoga 14
  • X230s, X240(s)
  • Helix (2013), Helix (2014)

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