Apple Wireless Keyboard Function Keys FIX

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ProstheticHead, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    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:

    10.6 Snow Leopard:

    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.

    A satisfying end to this problem.
  2. emdh macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2009
    How could Apple have missed this one?

    Thanks so much for posting this fix! I bought a wireless keyboard last week and after finding the function key didn't work, I called the Apple Store and they connected me to the main Apple support number. After being on the phone with a woman for 25 minutes, she said I should take the keyboard back and get a new one. Of course the function key on the new one didn't work either. Once I installed the download you linked, it works like a charm. I wonder how many keyboards have been returned to Apple because of something so simple. Just wish I'd Googled the question before I went to the hassle of returning the first one. Thanks again! :)
  3. DreamCarrior macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2016
    I have the 2009 Apple Wireless Keyboard that I just purchased last year. I paired it with my 2012 Macbook Pro retina, and lately found out that the Fn key not working. I have tried all fixes, but none is working. I am running OS 10.10.5. The keyboard viewer simply does not recognize Fn key even when I press it.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm guessing at this point since you have an old and most likely unsupported keyboard, running on Yosemite, apple never updated it.

    I'd say look for another more current wireless keyboard.
  5. DreamCarrior macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2016
    And sadly I just bought the keyboard in Apple Store last year.

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