Resolved Bind F5 to "Show Desktop"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by C64, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. C64 macrumors 65816

    C64

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    Sep 3, 2008
    #1
    When I was typing this question I already found the answer, so I thought I might as well post it here in case someone else finds this useful.

    On my old MacBook there was the F11 key that I could use to show my desktop (the same thing as the "Desktop" hot corner setting). On the newer MacBooks though, this key is gone, and the only dedicated keys I can find are for Exposé and Dashboard.

    The F5 key on my MacBook Air doesn't seem to do anything though, and there isn't an icon on it. So I wanted to remap this key to show my desktop. I often find it easier to hit a key than to mouse to a corner. I installed KeyRemap4MacBook but I can't find an option to add the "Show Desktop" function. There is an option to add custom key bindings though, so I started looking for some key combination that could simulate this.

    And guess what: Cmd + F3. Doing :p After all those years, I still find out something new.

    Anyways, since I was already half way there, I wanted to bind it to F5. One key is still less than two. And here's how:

    1. Open up the KeyRemap4MacBook custom bind-config-file, as explained here.

    2. Then add the following:

    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <root>
    	<list>
    		<item>
    			<name>F5 to Show Desktop</name>
    			<identifier>private.f5_to_show_Desktop</identifier>
    			<autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::F5, KeyCode::EXPOSE_ALL, ModifierFlag::COMMAND_L</autogen>
    		</item>
    	</list>
    </root>
    
    Then reload the XML in the KeyRemap4MacBook Change Key tab, check the checkbox for your new setting, and F5 now shows your desktop :cool: .
     
  2. smirk macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    #2
    Could you not have also brought up the Keyboard system preference, clicked the Keyboard Shortcuts button, selected Expose & Spaces on the left, and then defined your F5 key as the trigger for "Desktop"?
     
  3. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

    ritmomundo

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    Jan 12, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #3
    Works perfectly in Lion as well. Thanks. I wanted to use the "blank" F5 key to "show desktop," (because I dont like the 3-finger+thumb gesture) so I just reassigned it under keyboard settings. Only difference is, that in Lion, its under Mission Control rather than Expose & Spaces.
     

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