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A plus 220-1001 – Exam Objective 1.3

A+ Exam Objective 1.3

1.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features.

Welcome to ExamNotes by CertBlaster! Just like the last couple of sub-objectives, 1.3 addresses laptop features but instead with more of a practical approach to the subject.

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Special function key

On a laptop or notebook, it is fairly common to see the top row
of keys configured as dual purpose utility keys, allowing the user to perform a
variety of actions without cluttering the workspace with rows of infrequently
used keys. The goal here is to dedicate the top row (mainly) of keys and give
them unrelated but specific functionality. The Function key (Fn) is used to
access these various functions and is shown below.

Function key highlighted

The Function key combination makes it harder to perform
unintended actions.

Bonus question for everyone, which primary keyboard feature is
activated by the Fn key? As seen in the keyboard shown, multilingual
capabilities are active when the Fn key is pressed.

For the most actions, manufacturers assign the functions using their
own layout. However, all functions work through the following: press and hold
the Fn key and the desired option key.

Dual displays

The first function we will look at is the Fn+f4 command. This command
will extend the laptop monitor to a second connected monitor. This is useful
for presentations require an overhead projector or separate large monitor. Here
is the Windows configuration screen showing two monitors.

Windows configuration screen showing two


The wireless key is not universally part of the Fn key
arrangement. In most cases, your device will have a Wi-fi symbol, switch, or
button that will be off when Wi-fi is off, turn amber when Wi-fi is on, and
turn blue when a connection is established.


If your laptop has cellular capability, it will have a control
button or area to enable/disable cell service. It is good practice to switch to
802.11 series connections when they are available to save on cellular data.


The volume up/down buttons will be available either as a Fn related
action or as a separate control. Some models use touch sensitive surfaces to
control volume level.


Screen brightness is usually controlled with a Fn related action.


Bluetooth is usually controlled by a Fn command or a separate
button. Bluetooth uses a lot of power so if you are on battery and are not
using Bluetooth, it’s best to switch it off.


Some keyboards are backlit for use in low ambient light
this is very helpful, one should assess the power use vs benefit when on

Touch pad

Many individuals have trouble using a laptop keyboard and
touchpad at the same time as their palms, or other parts of the hand, make
contact with the touchpad. This will cause the cursor to jump to a different
location. You can toggle the touchpad on and off to rectify this situation.


Most laptop screens today are in landscape mode where the display
is wider than it is tall. This is highly suited for multimedia entertainment which
uses 16 pixels horizontal for every 9 pixels vertical.

Media options
(fast forward/rewind)

Multi function keys.

As mentioned above, laptops are being used as multimedia
platforms. Here f9 is play pause, f10 is stop, f11 is fast rewind, and f12 fast

GPS (on/off)

GPS mode should have its own switch. GPS functions help when you
are trying to find a specific location, but keep in mind that what you are
tracking can track you. We recommend turning GPS off unless in use.

Airplane mode

This is another setting that should have its own switch or even
a menu setting. Airplane mode disables all communication to and from the device
when activated.


A docking station is an extremely convenient way to make all
necessary connections through a single device. Generally speaking, the docking
station has a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and network connection. The laptop is
connected to the station through a proprietary connection.

laptop lock and cable lock

All laptops are fitted with a small reinforced attachment point
that can be used to help prevent theft. Cable locks are attached to these
attachment points. These cable locks are sometimes referred to as Kensington
connectors after one of the prominent manufacturers of security cables. The opposite
end of the cable lock is mounted to something secure.

Cable lock on laptop.

Rotating /
removable screens

When adding flexibility to a laptop, it’s hard to ignore the
benefits of a removable screen. Removing the screen cuts the weight in half
without compromising performance. A rotating screen allows a user to swivel
around and lay the screen face up, giving the look and feel of a tablet with
the power of a laptop.

with removable screen

Well, that’s it for 220-1001 1.3. Enjoy your studies and good luck on the test!

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