How to map F keys on 3rd party keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by JayMBP, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. JayMBP macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    I recently bought a mechanical keyboard on eBay for a better typing experience.

    The keyboard is a Mac keyboard per se (having the fn/alt-option/mac keys) but the F1-F15 no longer function the same way as the factory keyboard (F1+F2 for brightness, Expose... so on).

    How do I adjust in Mac OS for it to behave just like on an Apple keyboard?

    Any comment TIA!
  2. a.coward macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2010
    You can try using PCKeyboardHack and/or KeyRemap4MacBook. Both are free.
  3. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    This post is off-topic and should probably be moved an appropriate forum.

    That being said, if all you need are standard OS X shortcuts, the Keyboard preferences pane can do that for you. In fact, this is how it worked before Apple made the keyboards with the dedicated keys--for example, F12 for Dashboard. You can find and configure many such keys there.

    If you need more than is provided standard, check out third-party utilities like KeyRemap4Macbook (despite the name, it works on any Mac), as the other poster mentioned. I have the original white Apple Bluetooth keyboard which lacks the play/pause key, so I use it to remap that. In the rare event I need that F key, I'm out of luck, but it's easy to temporarily turn off.

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