Expose shortcut is backwards

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jmre5150, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. jmre5150 macrumors member


    Jan 4, 2007
    Levittown, PA
    Ok, every manual I read says to hit F9-F11 to use expose. Thats lovely, but my new Macbook Pro will only work if I hold function down and then press F9. Strange huh? I wonder what I did to invert this common feature...anyone?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It's due to the backlit keyboard controls being on F8-F10. You can switch this behaviour in the keyboard preferences.
  3. eb6 macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    yo yo yo
    go to sys prefs > dashboard & expose and see what its set to. Make sure its just F9 blah blah and not Function F9

    EDIT: never mind
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It's because the function keys have to serve dual duty on the laptops...software functions like Exposé and hardware functions like the backlit keyboard. You can set whether it's the software or hardware function that require the fn key using System Preferences --> Keyboard & Mouse --> Keyboard.
  5. jmre5150 thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 4, 2007
    Levittown, PA
    Cowboy, your always a help. That did the trick. Thank you all kindly.
  6. wdp macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2006
    WildCowboy: that does the trick (ie, F9 now does Expose) - but, now I have to fn-F4 (for example) to turn the sound down.

    I find this really frustrating - why not have, as the default, the more common uses for the button? Is there any way I can make this happen? (ie, sound with F4, AND expose with F9?)
  7. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    No, as WildCowboy said you can either choose Hardware or Software functions which require the fn key, but you can't mix them.
  8. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    The more common uses ARE the default (most people use the volume and brightness controls and not F-keys). I would suggest using hot corners or defining an easier shortcut to avoid the overlap (for example Cmd-F12 does dashboard on my PowerBook while F12 does Exposé 'all windows').

    Like any computer, you can't mix the F keys and shortcut keys (just like you can't have some letters capital without the shift key and others lower case).
  9. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    Since you're on a laptop, why not set up hot corners? Basically, you drag the mouse to different corners to activate Expose in different ways. You can set up these in the Expose system prefs.

    Personally, I've found the hot corners way easier and way faster than pushing a button everytime...give it a try, you might like it!

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