YOGA 900 keyboard configuration and hidden keys

YOGA 900 in tend mode

In this post I will dig a little deeper into the keyboard of the YOGA 900.

I have also written a review of the YOGA 900 and talked about my experience with the YOGA 900 during 6 months of usage.

Function keys

The YOGA 900 has a seperate row for the Fx function keys (F1-F12). They share this row with the special keys to adjust volume or change brightness or perform other things.

When you start using the YOGA 900, these special functions will be the one activated when you press a key. In order to activate Fx keys, you need to press Fn+Fx, two keys at once.

Because I use the Fx keys a lot (software development + I am keyboard freak) I did not like this setup.

Luckily it is quite easy to change the default setting. You need to enter BIOS (use the NOVO button to start the computer and enter BIOS) where you can set the primary function of these buttons. You can either have the special keys (default) or the Fx keys be the default. I also included a new infographic that explains this (using Windows 10) at the end of this article. It is a large picture, so just click on it to view the entire image.

(note: there is no “Fn lock” function on the YOGA 900, you need to make a permanent change in BIOS if you want the keys to always have the Fx function first)

So I changed the setting and now I press a single key to activate the Fx functions, and press two keys for the special keys. But that is alright.

YOGA 900 keyboard and touchpad

YOGA 900 keyboard and touchpad

Undocumented Fn+ shortcuts

If you have seen a Yoga 3 Pro, you might remember the volume could be controller by Fn+Left and Fn+Right, while brightness was controller by Fn+Up and Fn+Down.

The YOGA 900 received dedicated special keys to control volume and brightness, that are located in the top row.

However, the previous keys also work on the YOGA 900! So you can still use Fn+arrow keys to change the volume and brightness of the notebook. These keys are not documented (and might go away after a BIOS update).

Update 8th February 2016: I installed the latest BIOS onto the YOGA 900 and these hidden keys still work! 🙂

Update 20th January 2017: Added infographic (below) on how to change the hotkey setting in YOGA 900. This pertains to Windows 10, but should work in 8.1 as well.

YOGA 900 hotkey setting

YOGA 900 hotkey setting, click for full image.

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7 Responses

  1. Laura Burks says:

    I know enough about computers to be dangerous to myself. I went looking on the web for an article about changing the assigned keys on my Lenovo Yoga 900. I have small hands and enjoy the keyboard, except for one set. My right pinky finger doesn’t reach the right shift key without me moving my whole hand. I would like to switch the up arrow key and the shift key. I would need more instruction how to do this if you have the time to share. Thank you for your time in advance!

  2. Michael says:

    Do you know what to do if there is neither FN lock or an option in bios to disable hotkeys? I just bought my lenovo yogo 900 a few days ago and I am so frustrated with this that I am considering returning it. Any help is appreciated.

    • Lenard says:

      Hi Michael,
      The setting should be in the BIOS, although it is named very strangely. I will post pictures of how do change this later today!

      Also, check if you have the latest BIOS! I updated our YOGA 900, but I cannot remembwr if this setting was missing from earlier BIOSes.

      • Lenard says:

        Sorry about the (very) late reply. I now added a graphic showing how you can enable hotkeys in BIOS for the YOGA 900. It is at the end of the article.

  3. Anthony says:

    Thanks a lot – it worked for me.
    Now I’m back to where I want to be with my function keys

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