F3 provides three significant functions:
- Break out of auto logon: Press F3 within ½ second after the logon prompt displays to break out of an automatic log on during boot. The log on process stops and the dialog waits for a user name and password.
- Full screen X Terminal: Press and hold F3 during the boot process to prevent the launch of the Linux desktop GUI and display a full screen xterm window. Use F3 during the boot when to launch a dedicated X terminal session.
- Display boot process messages: Press F3 after the splash screen displays to escape out of the splash screen. The boot messages and progress indicators are displayed.
Escapes to the shell command prompt during the boot process.
Invokes the BIOS Setup utility during the boot process.
Invokes network (PXE) boot during the boot process.
Linux Key Combinations & Actions
Logs off the current session and displays the login dialog. If the client is set to auto logon, the auto logon completes.
Locks the screen. Entering any character displays the locked screen dialog and requests the password for the user that locked the screen.
Switches virtual desktop workspace. The desktop focus is moved through the four workspaces. Clicking on an open area of the desktop and using the wheel on a wheel mouse causes the same action.
Switch the active application focus.
5. Alt + F1
Launch the Mozilla browser for HP Help.
6. Alt + F2
Launch the "Run program" dialog. This dialog is similar to the Run dialog in Windows. Enter the desired command line and click Run.
Kill the current application
8. Alt + F5
Toggle an application between full screen display and standard display modes.
Maximize vertical on screen
Maximize horizontal on screen
Minimize panel on screen
Shade/hide box (keeps title bar)
Force an auto logon client to allow a different log in.
To break out of an automatic log on, press F3 within ½ second after the logon prompt displays during boot. The log on process will stop and the dialog will wait for a user name and password.
1. Reset client to factory settings
Select Go > Settings > System then click the Reset button. The contents of the /etc directory will be erased and the client is returned to its original settings.
2. Change the default logon.
Select Go > Settings > Security then enter the desired user name and check Automatic Log On. Click OK to make the change.
3. Disable auto logon.
Select Go > Settings > Security and deselect Automatic Log On.
4. Log on as a different user.
Select the Exit button on the XFce Panel and select Quit current session. Log on to the desired account when the log on prompt displays.
The Ctrl-Alt-Backspace key combination cause the same result.
Note: If the client is set up for automatic log on, then select
Go > Settings > Security and deselect Automatic Log On or the client will automatically log on to the account that was set up in the Security applet and you will not have the opportunity to change identities.
5. Default local user logon, password
Linux does not have a predefined user account. By default, the client logs on to the root account. Create a user account with the adduser
console command, then define that user as the default logon by selecting Go > Settings then enter the desired user name in the Security applet and select Automatic Log On.
6. Default root logon, password