Launchpad key not working. Anyone else?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by arthurbath, Jul 21, 2011.

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    arthurbath

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    I'm loving the little 11" Air. Things seem to be going smoothly except for an issue with the Launchpad key (F4). It not launching Launchpad. I don't know why. I assigned a service keyboard shortcut to F4, and using Fn+F4 called the service properly, but hitting the key just doesn't call Launchpad. Is anybody else getting this?
     
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    WardC

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    The key is for Mission Control under 10.7 (formerly spaces), not Launchpad.
     
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    onthecouchagain

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    Launchpad kind of sucks. It's cumbersome to use with a mouse, I feel. Might take some getting used to, I suppose...
     
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    There are both. And no problem here.
     
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    I agree, I find it completely useless.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I do have the same problem, e.g. ^F4 is working but not F4.

    Any ideas how to fix this?

    Thanks.

    Rgs,
    Sotto
     
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    Tymmz

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    this might have something to with your setting of how your F-keys work. either it's F4=F4 or F4=its function. you can set it in system preferences...
     

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  8. macrumors newbie

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    By activating this "USe F1,F2..." I can call Launchpad via F4, but all the other like light, Mission control requires FN+Fx

    Strange behaviour....
     
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    Tymmz

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    maybe repairing permissions and a restart will sort your pc out.
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    No. No, no, no.

    Please don't go around spreading that "repair permissions" voodoo. It's not the cure-all for problems on the Mac. In fact, you almost never need to use it.

    Here's a good Daring Fireball article (from 2006!) on it:

    http://daringfireball.net/2006/04/repair_permissions_voodoo
     
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    Tymmz

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    you are probably right and i have no clue what happens inside a pc, but when problems like these occur i run "repair permissions" followed by a restart. all this won't hurt and is worth a shot. i won't change my mind based on a "blog post" from 2006.

    so i will keep spreading the voodoo...
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    I have the same problem - even called Apple Tech support for about 30 minutes - couldn't figure out what the problem is. :(

    Another strange thing is my email (both Mail 5 & Outlook 2011) is losing focus (goes back to another application) when I type in the TO: field - both programs.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    Well I can state what doesn't work to fix the problem:

    * Changing any and all related System Preferences - including resetting all of them.

    * Reinstalling Lion (yes I actually did this)

    Please let me know if you find anything.
     
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