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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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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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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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 :: 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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Hardware :: Using Apple Aluminium Bluetooth Keyboard Keys?

Apr 18, 2009

A friend of mine was cleaning out his garage and found a couple of apple aluminium bluetooth keyboards (the brand new ones that don't have the number pad; model A1255 I believe). After cleaning them up and connecting them, I was happy to note that both of the keyboards work - the only problem preventing their daily use is that two keys (the white parts) are missing. I was wondering if there was any way to purchase these keys separately and install them. If so, where should I look for them and is there a difference between these white keys and those for the white macbooks?

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Intel Mac :: Turn Bluetooth Function Back On Given That I Have Bluetooth Keyboard?

Apr 22, 2012

I turned off the bluetooth function and my keyboard and mouse wont now work and I cant get back into the system - how do I reactivate without the use of the keyboard ?

Info:iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Intel Mac :: Keys On Aluminum USB Keyboard Don't Work

Jul 4, 2012

some keys on aluminum usb keyboard don't work.I cleaned the keys with a magic eraser, trying not to get any liquid into the keyboard.Now many keys don't work.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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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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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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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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Intel Mac :: Aluminum Keyboard Keys Damaged Just Through Normal Usage?

Feb 11, 2012

It looks like the surface of a few keys has been eaten away by acid, I can only imagine it has happened because my fingernails touch the keys through normal typing, but this is completely unavoidable unless I type like a one-fingered man.  It mainly seems to happen on the A and S keys, this has happened on my white MacBook, Wireless Aluminium keyboard and Wired Aluminium keyboard, but as they are so expensive to replace I am not willing to buy a whole new keyboard for this.  Also, one of my cmd keys has an odd stain on it, possibly from a crumb or droplet of orange juice which I'm sure I would have wiped off immediately, I wouldn't have expected plastic to stain so easily.  Has anyone else found this with their Aluminium keyboard? 

I suppose there's nothing much I can do to prevent it (I refuse to use a silicone cover), so my option appears to be just to replace those keys damaged through wear and tear however I can.  Are the keys interchangeable between these three keyboards?  (Wireless / Wired Aluminium, white 2008 MacBook Core2Duo)  The main keys look the same apart from the bottom row on the Wired Aluminium keyboard which are a bit wider.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iMac 27 inch i5

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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 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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Intel Mac :: New Apple Aluminum Keyboard 2012 Functions Do Not Match Icons On Keyboard

May 15, 2012

I just bought a new 2012 aluminum Wireless keyboard and the function keys do not work properly.  I am currently running OS 1.5.8. I would expect most keys to match the icons on the keyboard. I do not want to upgrade to Snow Leopard or Lion. I have installed an aluminum keyboard upgrade 2.0 and this did not help.  I just want the the keyboard functions to match the icons on the keyboard.. Volume up...volume down...

iMac Intel

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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 :: Bluetooth Keyboard Acting Like Mouse / Keys Not Working

Nov 4, 2010

Ok, My roomate just got an apple keyboard to use with his blackbook. Its the new bluetooth aluminum one, without the numberpad.When connected to his computer, it acts like a mouse.... The "i" key clicks, i think it was 'G' moves the cursor, and will no type at all. The 'F' keys work, volume up, down, play pause.... those work. It will even eject, but will not type.

The funny thing? It works fine with my aluminum macbook....Both are 10.5.6

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Hardware :: Aluminum Keyboard With Apple Logo?

Jul 28, 2009

You may be confused by the title, but I cant word it any better. Browsing the apple website today, i saw a image of the aluminium keyboard, with the apple logo on the cmd key.
(about halfway down the page)

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Hardware :: Methods For Cleaning The Apple Aluminum Keyboard?

Dec 24, 2007

After having purchased a wired Apple Aluminum keyboard, I noticed there were no screws or rivets. So I did a quick search and discovered that glue was the main binding agent, and that disassembly of the keyboard is nearly impossible, well, you could disassemble it, but it most likely would never see the light of a caps lock key again.

So, to all of you that are the proud owners of either the wired or wireless versions, what is your preferred methods of keeping this baby clean?

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MacBook :: Aluminum - Twisted Body - Slanted Keys - Loose Keys - Battery Cover And Freeze Trackpad?

Nov 2, 2008

Twisted body, slanted keys, loose keys, battery cover, and freese trackpad. Lets see how many members in this forum is suffering from Apple's poor Quality Control in these new Macbooks!

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Hardware :: New Wireless Apple Keyboard Function Key

Oct 25, 2009

My brother just got the new iMac but he wanted my wired keyboard with the num keys, so basically we switched. I gave him my extended wired keyboard and I took his wireless to use with my MBP 13in and LED CD. So here's the problem: All the function keys don't work properly. I went into System Preferences>Keyboard and I was able to reassign the brightness keys (F1 and F2), expose and dashboard (F3 and F4). The rest...is beyond me. If it helps, I got the 13 inch MBP the week it came out. I tired running new software updates but nothing seems to help. I also have Snow Leopard installed. edit: I also checked out Keyboard viewer and it keeps showing the extended keyboard layout

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Mac Pro :: New Apple Wireless Keyboard Function Key Not Working ON 10.5.8

Mar 6, 2012

Tried updating keyboard os, disconecting reconnecting. Selecting/deselecting option in keyboard options. power off and onCannot get function key to work

Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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Hardware :: Apple Wireless Keyboard Function Buttons Not Working

Jan 2, 2011

I have an Apple Wireless Keyboards and have noticed a problem with it. So the wireless keyboard has the EXACT same layout as my MacBook keyboard, so I would assume it should function the same. You know how along the top there are lots of function buttons? Well none of those work like they should. Clicking any of the buttons from esc (very left) to the play/pause button doesn't do anything. From there, the forward button (>>) does what F3 should, the volume off button does something I'm not quite sure what it is the volume down button pushes everything off to the side of the screen (not sure what it's called ) and volume up opens my dashboard. So is this something completely wrong with my keyboard, or is it something weird that they all do that I don't know of?

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Hardware :: Apple Alum Wireless Keyboard, Lost Vol Up/dwn Function?

Jul 1, 2009

Another frustrating problem started occuring in the past two days with my apple wireless alum keyboard. I lose all the F button functions like volume up/down, mute, forward track reverse and eject. This occurs if i restart the comp or come put of hibernation (there still the problem with the mouse sometimes freezing when comin from hibernation) or when i switch from mac os to windows. This problem occurs in windows (XP). Im not sure what happened but i recall windows had an update a couple of days ago!!

I checked if there is an update to sort out the bluetooth issue but nothing new.nyone having the same problem. Really annoying to shutdown and turn on the comp again just to get the buttons working again. Comp is iMac 24" Alum 2007 sep build.

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Hardware :: Keys On The Apple Keyboard With The Number Pad?

Nov 19, 2009

I've never seen or used an Apple keyboard with the numpad and I am unsure as to what some keys are. See the image below, I have highlighted the keys in the image.

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MacBook Pro :: Default Keys On Apple Keyboard?

Apr 10, 2012

I reset my Apple keyboard (I use a keyboard and monitor at home connected to the macbookpro) and now when I try to change the volume justing F11 or F12, I get the desktop....or something else. How do you reset the defaults if the default keys aren't the default now? I mean, I looking at a key that shows a volume symbol on it, but that is not what happens. Sorry for typos, but the computer stalls for about 5 seconds every 30....

PS And the keyboard is about a year old and the "s" key has totally vanished. :-)

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Intel Mac :: Clean The Keys On An Apple Keyboard?

Jun 14, 2012

how to clean the keys on an Apple keyboard?

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OS X :: Cannot Locate Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

Jan 3, 2011

I promise, I know how crazy this sounds. And no, I don't think I'm a candidate for one of those hoarders TV shows. I absolutely cannot locate my Apple bluetooth keyboard. My iMac can locate it. And apparently be connected to it. But it's a mystery to me where in my home it is. Some time ago, I decided I wanted my numeric keys back and switched to a wired keyboard. And then I put the BT keyboard... somewhere. Any ideas on how to locate it easily? Can I make it beep? Can I triangulate its location? Anything? What is its range? Could it be as far away as my garage? As close as my attic?

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Hardware :: Generic Apple Keyboard Can't Register More Than 3 Keys At Once

Dec 20, 2010

I bought a generic non bluetooth apple keyboard (one of the newer models with the aluminium finish on the top) to connect to my 17" macbook pro (2010 issue if that means anything) it looks great, feels even better but I've got one major beef with it, it cannot register more than 3 key presses at once like the macbook pro keyboards or any other normal run of the mill generic keyboard can.. Has anybody ever come across this or does anyone know how to fix it?

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Hardware :: Unable To Put Keys Back On Apple Keyboard

Sep 11, 2009

I have an aluminum wired apple keyboard and I'm trying to rearrange the keys to a Dvorak layout. Everything went fine except for 4 keys in the top row (the row right below the numbers). For some reason, I can't put 4 keys back in over there.

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