Is it possible to remap the volume function keys?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by richard.mac, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    Hi guys

    How would i go about remapping the volume function keys on my old white apple keyboard to match the sequence order of the macbook's volume keys?

    what i mean is how can i remap the volume keys above the numpad so they are used in this order: mute, volume down, volume up like on the macbooks for F17, F18, F19 respectively instead of volume down, volume up, mute like on the old white apple keyboards for F17, F18, F19 respectively. if it is possible i would then just switch the volume keycaps around to match the mapping.

    i found this article about modifying the to change the exposé and dashboard keys link. it says near the bottom that it may be possible to remap the volume keys but the author did not know the values... damn so close! does anyone know the values for the volume keys or know of any other way to change them?

    thanks for reading and i look forward to reading your replies.

  2. brettanderson macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    this would be SO useful especially because Apple switched the media, screen brightness and volume keys, on the new keyboards. in my case, the assignments on the new wireless keyboard does not match the MBP layout. As such it's a pain using two different sets of keyboard shortcuts, when switching between the two keyboards.
  3. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    i didnt think anyone would reply but it looks like you did brett so its good to know that someone else wants to know too.

    so im bumping this thread hoping that someone knows how to do this. ive tried controllermate with no success so is there anyway of doing this by editing any system files?
  4. Stiksi macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2007
    I would like also to know if it is possible to switch these keys so that you would need the fn-key to access the brightness and volume controls etc. not the normal F-key functions. This would be very helpful when using programs that rely heavily on F-keys. Or it could be I'm just being a clueless newbie... :confused:
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    That's easy. Just go into System Preferences, Keyboard pane, and check the box that says "Use function keys for software features".
  6. Stiksi macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2007
  7. toupsz macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2007
    If anyone has figured out a solution to the OP's problem, I'd love to hear it!

    I just switched from a Powerbook to a new Macbook Pro and the new layout for the volume keys is driving me nuts. I like to use the function keys as actual function keys, so I use the Fn+F key to do the volume. Used to be that I could adjust the volume with one hand (since it was F3-F5)...but my hand won't reach from the Fn key to the F10-F12 keys. :(

  8. rubah macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    man, still no solution? I'm still interested in one!
  9. mishamazor macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007

    Use Keyboard Maestro

    Make a NEW MACRO for each volume button, it can map then to the F17,18,19 keys.

  10. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
  11. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    A while back, someone suggested to me this little gem called FunctionFlip.

    It is, hands down, one of the best ways to remap your function keys. :)
  12. richard.mac thread starter macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    arggh $50 sounds a bit step just for a few keys. im not 100% sure it will work?

    ill give FunctionFlip a try.

    EDIT: FunctionFlip says there are no special function keys for my Apple USB Keyboard.
  13. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Just in case someone stumbles on this thread and needs a way to remap keys:

    There is a free program called Spark that does a great job of remapping virtually any command, text snippet, or application to practically any key you want.

    If you want to remap volume, look under "System" commands, and you'll probably want to check "Display Notification Icon", so that it shows up on screen when you make volume changes.

    If you like the program, you should donate to the author. He has done a great job with this.

  14. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Great ad, and it's free! ;)
  15. tbertran macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2009
    Indeed, a great job by the developer.
    Anybody found a way to map the volume buttons on the alum keyboard (hitting those keys to set a shortcut in Spark just increases/decreases the volume)…

    For now I'm using [OPTION] + [=] and [OPTION] + [-] to adjust iTunes' volume.

  16. freakqnc macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2010
    Fantastic free utility, solved the problem to re-map keys using a non-apple keyboard with a mac pro! Kudos to the developer and shame on Apple for not implementing flexible and more advanced shortcut-handling features on OS X!

  17. DeltaHF macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    I know this post is a bit old now, but I just wanted to say thanks for sharing this awesome utility. I use a Das Keyboard and only needed to add functional volume keys - this worked perfectly. I will definitely send a donation to the developer!
  18. brucku macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2003
    A program called Sizzling Keys also does a nice job with some of these challenges.
  19. physicsdude1, Apr 26, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011

    physicsdude1 macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2006
    I'm having the same problem. I want to remap the volume from fn-10 to fn-f1. But Spark only registers it as f1 and not fn-f1.

    Any ideas?

    :: EDIT ::
    I found a nice little program for remapping keys. Its free, so that's nice.!376924/spark-creates-mac-keyboard-shortcuts

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