MBA keyboard issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by off in the wood, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    So I've had my MBA for a little over a week and a half, and I like it a lot. However, just recently the F1 through F12 keys don't work anymore.

    Well I shouldn't say they don't work, they do, but they do not do what they are supposed to do.

    for instance, if I press F12 the widgets pop up. its supposed to increase the volume. all of the F keys are this way. Like they are all random.

    Is this something that I amble to settings possibly?

    Thanks for the help in advance
  2. macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Illinois, USA
    what happens if you hit fn then F12?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I have had no problems yet with any of those keys.
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Check System Preferences: Keyboard and Mouse, the Keyboard tab:
    Is "Use all F1, F2 etc. keys as standard function keys" selected?
    If it is, then the behavior of your keyboard is as expected.
    Deselect that option to reenable the special features without pressing Fn
  5. macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    Harrisburg, PA
    If you do this and the F9-F12 keys still do the shortcuts for Expose (window move/change focus) and Dashboard (widgets) then go into the Keyboard Shortcuts menu also (in the Keyboard and Mouse settings in System Preferences) and scroll down. There should be section for Expose/Dashboard that allows you to turn off their F key shortcuts. Apple now has them mapped to specific Fn + F keys now anyway so there's no need for two keyboard shortcuts.

    Hope that helps.
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2007
    Unchecking the "F" box in keyboard and mouse settings worked. Thanks for everyone's help

    except for you steve31

    How was that supposed to help me???

    FYI-Next time if someone has a question try focusing on a way to help them, rather than posting a response to add to your total posts

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