Function Key

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by D-macdude, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. D-macdude macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    My question is concerning the F keys (F1-F12). I recently installed Leopard and to activate Spaces it said to use the F8 key. It somehow doesnt work. To activate spaces I have to use Funtion F8. It seems to be like this for the other F keys as well. For example: F10 which is used to view all application windows currently open can only be activated on my computer using Function F10. When I press these keys(F8 and F10) they control the keyboard illumination like it is engraved on them. Pretty much the main idea is that I have to push the fn key down to activate any of the actions that I used to just use the F keys for alone. :confused:

    Thanks a lot for all the help.
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Normally on Apple's notebooks the Fn key is used to initiate the F keys. So when you are pressing F5 without the Fn key you get volume up. You can switch that behavior in System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Click "Use all F1, F2, etc keys as standard function keys"

    Alternatively, so you don't screw up how your brightness & volume keys work, you can go to System Preferences > Expose & Spaces > Spaces Tab > "To Activate Spaces" and change the key for Spaces. Just click the box select F8. That ought to fix it for you.
  3. D-macdude thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Thanks man

    Dude, thanks a lot man. Your reply was so fast and fixed the problem. Who would have known it was so easy. Haha. Your awesome.

  4. AndyR macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Just had this problem on mine. F8 is set to turn keyboard backlighting on-off by default so I have to use FN + F8 for spaces.
  5. macuser880929 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2009
    what if i have the windows vista os on it? how do i switch it then? thanks alot@

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