Parallels & Function keys

As a Mac user, I used to love the set of function keys at the top of my keyboard that were shortcuts to control various functionality like volume, brightness, etc…

However, as I started to do a lot of work with Parallels Desktop, i found myself wanting to use the function keys in Windows.  Now, this is supported, however, you have to hit the Fn key plus whatever function key you actually want to use.  Needless to say, this can really throw off your rhythm when doing things like coding.

I was poking around my System Preferences the other day, and found a little known option under the "Keyboard and Mouse" category.  Under the "Keyboard" group, the option "Use the F1-F12 keys to control software features", when selected, inverts the function keys so that they act as normal function keys.
Is it me, or does that verbage seem reversed?  Eh…

You can still use the keys to control the volume and brightness, you just have to press the Fn key plus the desired function key.  That’s something I can live with.

Now, when working in Parallels, your function keys act like normal function keys.

So, if I ever go back to my saucy mistress, it will be a lot easier to take advantage of the functionality.