MacBook Pro :: Keyboard Layout And Function Keys

May 2, 2010

I bought a new MacBook Pro i5 yesterday to replace my MBP LED (2.2Ghz). The function keys on the new MBP kinda suck. I really want the one that does "Show Desktop". If you go to keyboard layout, it says that F11, F12, etc., are assigned, but seems it completely ignores them. What the F? Even if I could change the expose button to show desktop, I'd be very happy. I know you can use the 4 finger swipe, but that doesn't help while trying to drag something from the desktop into mail.

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MacBook Pro :: New Layout Keyboard - Assigning Functions For Fn Keys?

Oct 21, 2009

My macbook pro keyboard died, the only replacement I could find was the newer keyboard layout (where the Fn keys have different functions - such as volume has been moved etc). After a bit of filing etc to get it to fit, its all back together and looking/working fine, but I need to change the keyboard layout so the pictures on the keys do what they are supposed to (hope that makes sense?) i.e. on the old one volume up was F5, but on the new one volume up is F12.

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MacBook Air :: Manually Controlling Keyboard Brightness With Function Keys

Feb 4, 2008

A few minutes ago I noticed that my MBA's keyboard was not lighting up as it's supposed to. A little experimenting and I found the solution (you may kick yourself, this is so simple):
The F5 key decreases keyboard brightness.
The F6 key increases keyboard brightness.
The icons on these two keys are the clue.

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OS X :: Keyboard Function Keys Messed Up

Dec 14, 2009

all the normal keys on my mac keyboard worked fine on friday when at work and i come in today and they are all messed up. how do i get them back to there defaults? Example, f12 now goes to the desktop instead of actually increasing the volume and f11 is the dashboard instead of decreasing the volume, etc. I am not sure if an update or something got installed or what. I have tried going into keyboard under system preferences and restoring defaults but that didn't work. I also tried powering the keyboard off and on and still a no go. I am using the bluetooth keyboard and running snow leapord.

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Software :: Assign Function Keys On The Keyboard?

Aug 10, 2010

I have a PowerPC G5, OSX 10.4.11 with a wired numeric keyboard. I enter a lot of numbers. How can I assign one of the function keys on the right side of the keyboard, above the number pad, F16, F17, F18, or F19 to be a "TAB" key so I can move around fields when entering numeric data?

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OS X :: Function Keys On Bluetooth Apple Keyboard (aluminum)

Nov 6, 2009

I recently received a bluetooth ultra-thin keyboard to use with my laptop while I have it hooked up to it's external monitor, the only trouble is that I can't seem to get the function keys to work properly. I've managed to go in and reset the dashboard control / brightness using the keyboard pane in the system settings, but I can't seem to set the volume / media control buttons. Any ideas how to get my keyboard working properly? If it matters at all, I'm running this on a 2.4 unibody MBP.

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Hardware :: Apple Wireless Keyboard Function Keys FIX

Nov 9, 2009

If anyone is experiencing problems with the function keys on the new aluminum wireless keyboard, I have found a fix. Download and install the Wireless Mouse Software Update from Apple's support page.

Or rather I'll provide you with direct links: 10.5 Leopard: [URL]
10.6 Snow Leopard: [URL]

Download those, restart your computer and WHAM you'll have a bluetooth ultra thin keyboard with functions buttons that actually work. THE ISSUE: For some reason Apple computers recognize the new Aluminum keyboard as the old white keyboard. I discovered this by turning on keyboard viewer and realizing that the keyboard represented on screen had a numpad while mine did not. Supposedly Snow Leopard has an update already which recognizes this, however, we have all found that to be false. Install the mouse update and it'll all work out.

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IMac :: New Bluetooth Keyboard - Volume And Function Keys Not Work

Nov 17, 2009

Installed a new bluetooth keyboard today. Now my volume controls and other features on the F1 - F12 Keys do not work.Went into Keyboard Preferences and selected and deselected the [ ] Use All F1, F2, F3 keys as standard function keys. Regardless of the setting, the volume controls do not work. Even when holding down the [Fn] Key. I can adjust volume with the mouse ( new Magic Mouse ) using the control on the menu bar.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Keyboard Function Keys Just Stopped Working?

Apr 16, 2012

my keyboard function keys just stopped working

iMac, Windows Vista

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Power Mac :: Assign Brightness To Function Keys On New Apple Keyboard In 10.3.9 Using Spark V2.1.1?

Mar 19, 2012

Following on from my recent post regarding the new apple wired keyboard after very helpful feedback from people who responded to my post I decided to take the leap and purchase it!  Good news is that I am really happy with it and am glad that I got it!  Much nicer then old apple keyboard that I was using.   

I also downloaded spark v. 2.1.1 which has enabled me to change the functions of Fkeys to enable to play, pause, etc... in itunes in accordance with the keyboard layout. However, there are two functions that I am having difficulty assigning which are the F1 and F2 keys which allow the decrease and increase of screen brightness. So that I can control my screen brightness using these keys. 

G4 POWERMAC (1.25GHZ), Mac OS X (10.3.9)

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Hardware :: External Keyboard - Access Function Keys For Word Processing Commands

Oct 13, 2009

I want to be able to access the function keys for word processing commands. I want to use one key command, not two. I am presently using a Macally keyboard that is several years old. (I like the feel for typing.) System preferences allow for one key commands, but do not work with this keyboard. Would a newer keyboard work? E.g., the Matias OS X Keyboard? or the Macally iKeyS?

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Hardware :: Function Keys On Apple Keyboard And Swipe Features On Magic Mouse

May 1, 2010

firstly, i have recently got a new apple keyboard and the function keys on it have got messed up. it has the logos for things like pause, volume and brightness, but when i click them, they dont do what they say on the key. secondly, i have also recently got a magic mouse and you are meant to be able to swipe to scroll and thing like that, but that doesnt work either.

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Windows On Mac :: Same Sort Of Layout There Is On A Mac For Certain Keys?

Dec 3, 2009

Simple question...I would like to use the same sort of layout there is on a mac for certain accents etc when using windows. You know how you can click alt-e to make an accent mark or control-shift-2 for the ? sign etc. I'm too used to it this way to use the old PC US layout. Is there a way to do this on the windows side?

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MacBook Pro :: Function Keys Are Mixed Up?

Nov 11, 2009

I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard on my Macbook Pro (early 2008) and now my function keys are mixed up. My volume keys are now F3 and F4 for example.

I have already unchecked, �Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys� as standard function keys� in System Preferences and it didn�t fix the problem. Also, under the keyboard shortcuts tab I have clicked the �Restore Defaults� button. This also didn�t fix my problem.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Use The Function Keys (F1 To F12) On Macbook Air?

Jun 11, 2012

I don't know how to use the function keys (F1 to F12) on my macbook air.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7)

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MacBook Pro :: Where To Buy Keys To Replace Keyboard With Japanese Keys

Apr 22, 2012

Where can I buy keys to replace my keyboard with Japanese keys?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook :: Function Keys Not Working With ITunes

Aug 31, 2009

Today I received a bluetooth Razr mouse in the mail today and went to connect the device as I would any other. Well when I was playing music in iTunes, the function keys to skip, pause, and every other function key does not work. The volume keys move my windows and pull up widgets. I dont know if the mouse has anything to do with it, but I imagine it doesn't because I disconnected it and the problem remains.

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MacBook :: Brightness Changes Rejected Using Function Keys

Aug 21, 2010

When I wake my Mac up from sleep, and attempt to change the brightness using the function keys, I see the brightness "image" pop-up on the screen, but when I try to lower it, the brightness doesn't change. The boxes quickly go down, but instantly go right back up to the original brightness. Running Mac OS X 10.6.4

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: F5 / F6 Keys Will Not Function On MacBook Pro?

Feb 24, 2012

What should the F5 & F6 keys be able to adjust? My keys do nothing?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Volume Function Keys Do Not Work?

Jun 8, 2012

I cannot control the volume using the F10, F11, F12 keys - all of the sudden they just stopped working

MacBook Pro

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MacBook Air :: Volume And Other Function Keys Not Working As They Used To

Jun 21, 2014

The volume and other function keys aren't working as they used to. The brightness key doesn't do anything and the volume key isn't working either. I've tried to fix it on system preferences but it didn't work. They're not set to be used like normal function keys. I don't know what is happening they were working fine.

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MacBook Pro :: Play Function Keys Not Working?

Aug 24, 2014

I was listening to music one day and went to pause the music using the Play/Pause (F8) key. I pressed the key and nothing happened. The forward skip and back skip keys also do not work with iTunes or any other program. I've tried resetting the key settings and restoring my Macbook Pro to a time when i remembered them working.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)

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MacBook Air :: OS X Mavericks (10.9.4) Top Row Function Keys Not Working

Sep 1, 2014

The top row of keys on my keyboard are not working i.e. sound buttons do not adjust sound, same with brightness etc. They make a sound when pushed but the functions arent working. I have booted in safe mode and reset sound cache, I have check all settings in the keyboard section of system preferences.

MacBook Air, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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MacBook :: How To Change Keyboard Layout

Sep 14, 2010

I've been meaning to learn Dvorak for a long time and finally tore up an old Pro Keyboard and made it Dvorak. I was wondering if anyone knows if changing the keyboard layout will void the warranty?

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MacBook Air :: Looking For Keyboard Size And Layout?

Oct 20, 2010

just ordered a 13" mba, i'm wondering if i can use the old iskin keyboard cover on it? i assume the keyboard has the same layout and size?

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MacBook Pro :: Possible To Get Keyboard Layout Change

Nov 25, 2010

I actually ordered a MBP quite a few weeks ago on the refurbished store, but then I decided to return it as I saw that there was basically only 10 pounds difference between the education discount and the refurbished. So I went into the Apple store and asked them if they actually replace keyboards (as I'm not a huge fan of the British Key layout), and the person said that they would do it for free. So I made my purchase on the spot and two days ago I got an email telling me to bring my MBP in.

Two days later, I went into the Apple store to pick it up and voila it's actually quite amazing how they changed the key layout (I was very confused because of the Unibody design... and how that actually works with changing keyboard layouts). Here's the catch: They wanted to charge me 168 pounds (I'm guessing roughly $250). Which... obviously freaked me out. Thank God they waived it for me but seriously why would a Keyboard Layout cost so much?

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MacBook :: How To Change Keyboard Layout

Nov 6, 2009

I've had a Macbook for quite some time, and it just died a few days ago, so I got a new regular white Macbook.

The thing is that the new Macbook's got a different layout for the keys- the latin american one. Physically I mean. The keys look different, the symbols are all over the place and I'm having a seriously hard time using it.

Is there any way of changing the keys to the american ones? I still have my old notebook, so I can always change them by hand, but even so the white plastic thing around them has a different shape. Would that be a problem?

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MacBook Pro :: How To Install IPA Keyboard Layout

Apr 7, 2012

I have a MacBook Pro, and as a Phonetics student, it would be immensely supportive to have IPA on my computer. I've downloaded and installed Charis SIL, and the next part is to download and install an IPA Unicode keyboard layout. I've done that, and the instructions tell me to put the file into the Library folder called "keyboard layouts." I can locate this folder when searching for an application to open the file with, however when I'm searching "all my files" the folder is nowhere to be found. What can I do to successfully install this file?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Changing Function Keys To Media Controls?

Dec 6, 2009

I have the original model, MacBookPro1,1. I want to change my keyboard backlight keys, or F11/F12, to control iTunes. Is there any easy/free/clean way to do this? no for-pay apps, as it isn't worth money to me.

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MacBook Air :: Function Keys Not Working For Brightness Or Volume?

Mar 21, 2012

I have a 2011 (?) macbook air and ever since my trip to the genius bar for a battery issue my function keys don't work after I wake it up (just opening screen).  May also be related to last firmware update?   

I have checked the function key mapping in settings and they are normal.  The volume key launches Expose and the brightness keys (and others) don't do anything.  A reboot helps but only untill the first time I put it to sleep (close/open lid). 

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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