Windows function keys on a Mac

Problem:  When in a Windows environment in VMWare unity or Parallels coherence mode, I want to be able to use the function keys.  While going into system preferences within Mac will accomplish this, I would rather have the Apple function keys be the default because I use them much more than the windows side.

Solution: Very simple yet not as obvious as one might think but you need to use the “fn” key along with the function key of your choice.  On the full size keyboard the “fn” key is found in-between the big delete key and the home key.  On the smaller keyboards and the MacBook and MacBook Pros, you will find the “fn” key in the lower left hand corner of the keyboard; right below the shift key.

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