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reconfiguring f keys on macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dave12345, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    hi - i just had my topcase / keyboard replaced on my white macbook - it has the f1/f2 screen brightness - f4/f5 volume layout - however the keys are mapped to the new function key layout with the volume keys on f11 & f12.

    Does anyone know if i can reconfigure the f key layout ? maybe reinstalling snow leopard will do it ?

    cheers for any help...
  2. macrumors 604


    Go to the keyboard section of the system preferences, go to the "keyboard shortcuts" tab and hit "restore defaults". That should do the trick.
  3. macrumors 6502


    I use fantastic KeyRemap4MacBook.
    It's a bit geeky and takes a tad of tinkering, yet much better than Function Flip which is easier, but suck balls royally on my three Macs.
    Choice is yours.

    It would help if you state :
    1) what exactly has changed (only key icons, or actions of keys as well (Mac keyboard does/might have it's own controller, IDK))
    2) what is it you want - key actions back where they were physically, regardless of what icons show; or other way around ?
  4. macrumors regular

    hmmm - that didn't work unfortunately
  5. macrumors regular

    the keyboard has been replaced but it seems to be the same layout as before - the configuration is osx has changed so that the action of the function keys does not match the icons on the keys

    i want the function keys to work according to the icons on the keys - in this case - f1 = brightness down - f2 = brightness up - f3 = mute - f4 = volume down - f5 = volume up

  6. macrumors regular


    this did the trick - thanks - if anyone knows of a fix without having to install a 3rd party app that would be great!

  7. macrumors 6502


    Glad it worked for you, took me sometime.

    I don't really got it:
    1) your KB was from old days (without playback keys and volume on F10-f12)?
    2) They replaced KB with the same layout ? (FN keys)

    Then you say it's the config of OSX has changed?
    Can you specify?
    And do "new" functions of FN keys map to a newish layout?

    I'm trying to figure out what happened, and if it's beyond simple change of layouts (or maybe new "controller" with a new FN keys "mapping" slapped together with old layout?)

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