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F12 and Ctrl+F5 not working correctly

When I try to clear the cache and refresh the page via Ctrl+F5 (or just F5) I get the prompt Type the Internet address of a document, and Internet Explorer will open it for you with a drop down list in Internet Explorer. When I try F5 in Chrome and Firefox it opens the "Open file" dialog box.

When I try to F12 for Dev tools in Internet Explorer, Chrome & Firefox it opens up the print dialog box.

Why is this happening and what can I do to revert it back to the way it was?


You have a keyboard with an F-Lock key. The function lock is currently on. "Open file" and "Print" are the meanings of F5 and F12 when function lock is on.

So just turn it off.

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Comments (1)

  • +0 – Thank you, I thought I had a virus or hijack. One thing to note on my Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard "open file" and "Print" are the default when FLock is Not on. Turning FLock on brings up the Dev tools. — Aug 23, 2013 at 02:26  

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