Brand New Macbook Pro Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ChrisBoven, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. ChrisBoven macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2006
    Hey I just picked up the new macbook pros released today. I love it! But is there a way to make the the expose keys (f8, f9, etc) work without fn, but also allow the brightness and volume keys to work without fn? Thanks!
  2. andresrw macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007

    yes you can! go to the preferences and find the option!!! (i dont remember since my PB where stolen last year!!!)
  3. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    Actually, I don't think you can do this.
  4. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
    What verison of 15' did you get 2.2 or 2.4 also what screen did you get glossy or matte.
  5. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Actually, you can.
    Because F8, F9, among other keys were reserved for hardware options, you have to, in the Keyboard & Mouse preference, check the box "Use F1-F12 keys to control software features".

    After you select that, whenever you want to control brightness (F1,F2), sound (F3, F4, F5,), num lock (F6), mirrored/extended desktop (F7), keyboard backlight (F8, F9, F10), you have to use the Function (fn) key.
  6. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    This supports what I was saying - the OP wants to use both Expose and alter brightness etc, without using the fn key. He's wanting to mix the hardware and software features which I didn't think you could do, and this is what you seem to be saying too?
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    You are talking about having 2 actions mapped to one key, without any would this be possible?
  8. hanzoh macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2005
    And how useless would it be to change the keyboard brightness everytime you use Exposé?
  9. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    I just mapped Exposé to the corners of my screen (lower left and lower right). Much easier I think...
  10. keenkreations macrumors regular

    May 20, 2005
    I believe that would be the only way, since the buttons on the MPB share the function. Unless the OP wants to reword what they are saying to be more specific about what they are looking for, meaning if they also wanted remapped keys or something.
  11. powerocool macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    I think he wants to use F9 and F10 as expose (without using the Fn key, so you can do it with 1 hand), and also keep the rest (F1-F8) the way they are.

    I think you can do it this way:

    1. Go to Sys Pref -> Keyboard -> Check "Use F1-F12 to control software features..."
    2. Get Keyboard Maestro
    3. Use Keyboard Maestro to map F1, F2 to brightness, F3-F5 to volume, etc...

    Not exactly perfect but close.
  12. krimb1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2006
    Thanks a lot! Keyboard Maestro was exactly what I was looking for!
  13. r88my macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    Manchester UK
    I see what you did there! ;)

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