Function Keys Poll

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by uplusd, Apr 30, 2008.


What setting for your function keys?

  1. Software features (use as standard function keys)

    8 vote(s)
  2. Hardware features (volume, brightness, keyboard backlight)

    40 vote(s)
  1. uplusd macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Do you guys have your function keys set to "use as standard function keys" or do you have them set to the hardware features (volume, brightness, etc.)?
  2. tphan macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2008
    Hardware feature is much better, rarely ever use function keys.
  3. mrtekkid macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2006
    agreed.... i cant remember the last time i have had to hit the function button along with one of my function keys.... unless the intended command was F5 to refresh a web page....

    hardware keys ftw
  4. pdxflint macrumors 68020


    Aug 25, 2006
    Oregon coast
    Agreed. Hardware functions much more convenient.
  5. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    Definitely use the hardware functions the most, but wish I didn't have to hold Fn to use Expose or the overall spaces view. The hardware function on those is keyboard brightness which I rarely adjust, so I'd rather use them as standard function keys.

    Anyone know how I can switch that? I have an approx 2 yr old MBP.
  6. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  7. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    Software for me. The only hardware functions that I use are F5 for reload and F6 to get to the address bar. So, I don't mind holding Fn for those.

    Now, in Windows, it's the Hardware keys since Alt/Opt-F4 closes windows. Use that all the time, just like Cmd-W/Q in OSX.
  8. phaseIV macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Both actually. :)

    Using the application KeyRemap4MacBook I can use the audio buttons (F3-F5) and the Spaces/Expose keys (F8-F11) simultaneously.
    It won't work for brightness controls, but having the above options available as single keystrokes makes me a happy MBP user. :D
  9. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    I guess because I have such an old school keyboard layout, I don't use the Fn key for any Fn function. I have my Fn key used for expose all windows, my f12 key for dashboard, and my f11 for show desktop. When I want to refresh a website I just hit :apple: R.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The thing is I use Expose, dashboard, etc a lot more than volume controls, media keys, so software keys are more logical. As for in Windows same thing.
  11. mcbeej macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2007
    I flip between both settings continuously - for general use, it's nice to have volume/brightness etc under one key press, but when working in applications I usually have a lot of custom key commands on the function keys which I'm using a lot.

    So it depends on what I'm doing which setting I''ll be using...
  12. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
  13. mr.light macrumors 6502

    I've never really seen the need for function keys. Hardware controls seems the most useful function for them though.
  14. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Both, depending on which machine I am using to run whichever apps I need at the time for which ever project that needs to get done.

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