Function keys for the Surface RT - how can I use the F2 key without holding down the "Fn" button?

The keyboards that come with the Surface both lack a row of independent function keys, and while I know that I can hold the "Fn" key down and then press the "lower volume" button to get F2, there has to be a better way to do this. F2 and F4 are literally the most important keys in excel for me, and I don't want to hold down the "Fn" key every time I need to use the function keys.  Can I turn on function lock somehow or possibly create a shortcut such that the "lower volume" button works as F2?

 

If not, the Windows Surface seems pretty worthless for financial and consulting professionals.  I want the Surface to succeed - please tell me that Microsoft didn't overlook this issue.

 

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Sorry to revive an old thread, but the solution for this is to press "Fn + Caps Lock", which acts as a toggle between using the function keys as F# keys and the labelled action.

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Fn+:

Up: Page Up

Down: Page Down

Left: Home

Right: End

Space: PrtScrn (only way to do a focused app shot using a blade is is Fn+Alt+Space)

Del: Bright Up

Backspace: Bright Down

CapsLock: FnLock


Woah! Sweet, thanks for the list! I had been using the snipping tool because I didn't know about the Fn + Space keyboard shortcut to get the Print Screen button. Awesome! :D
You'd think the brightness buttons on F1 F2 would be for the screen and the more obscure button combinations would be for the keyboard backlight... 

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