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wfriedwald

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Jan 1, 2017
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this is awkward!

Just got a MACALLY ACEKEYA keyboard.

no matter what I do, I can not get the function keys F3 (mission control) & F4 (launchpad) to work ...

I have tried turning on Function key mode - the blue light is on at the upper right of the keyboard, but still F3 and F4 do not do anything ...

I also went into system settings and turned ON "use F1, F2 etc keys as standard function keys"

including a close up of the keyboard - the F3 key has a little pair of scissors and the F4 has a symbol I do not recognize at alll... also the F5, a different one.

if i turn OFF function mode (the blue light in the upper right is NOT on)
when I hit the F1, the screen does get dimmer
and when I hit the F2, the screen does get brighter

oh wait, F5 is for paste ...
so F4 must be COPY
and F3 is CUT
but I am still trying to figure out how to get a function key for LAUNCHPAD & MISSION CONTROL

grateful for any feedback,

W
 

Macally Tech Support

macrumors newbie
Aug 25, 2023
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Hello,

This is for anyone with this type of question. I hope this helps!

Some keyboards might be a hybrid keyboard, meaning that both Mac and Windows shortcuts are implemented on this type of keyboard. For example, F3 might be Cut, and F4 might be Copy instead of F3 being Mission Control and F4 being Launch Pad. Below are some tips you can use to see if it shortcut will work for you.

For the Launch Pad, you need to hold the Control key + Shift + /
For the Mission Control, you need to hold the Control key + Up Arrow.

If somehow, those shortcuts do not activate, should follow the steps below.

For Mission Control:
1) System Preferences/Settings
2) Click on Keyboard
3) Click on Shortcut
4) Click on Mission control and make sure it is checked.
5) Once it is checked, move the cursor to the right. You should see some symbols or the word none. Depending on what it says, double-click on the symbols or the word none and press Control Up Arrow and it should set it.
Now on your keyboard, holding Control and pressing the Up Arrow will let you activate Mission Control.


For Launch Pad:
1) System Preferences/Settings
2) Click on Keyboard
3) Click on Shortcut
4) Click on Launch Pad and make sure it is checked.
5) Once it is checked, move the cursor to the right. You should see some symbols or the word none. Depending on what it says, double-click on the symbols or the word none and press Control, Shift, and Up Arrow and it should set it.
Now on your keyboard, holding Control, Shift, and pressing the / will let you activate Launch Pad.

If that fails, on the left of the shortcuts window, there should be a Restore Default button. If you click on that it should make it go back to normal.

Regards,
Macally
 
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Macally Tech Support

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Aug 25, 2023
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this is awkward!

Just got a MACALLY ACEKEYA keyboard.

no matter what I do, I can not get the function keys F3 (mission control) & F4 (launchpad) to work ...

I have tried turning on Function key mode - the blue light is on at the upper right of the keyboard, but still F3 and F4 do not do anything ...

I also went into system settings and turned ON "use F1, F2 etc keys as standard function keys"

including a close up of the keyboard - the F3 key has a little pair of scissors and the F4 has a symbol I do not recognize at alll... also the F5, a different one.

if i turn OFF function mode (the blue light in the upper right is NOT on)
when I hit the F1, the screen does get dimmer
and when I hit the F2, the screen does get brighter

oh wait, F5 is for paste ...
so F4 must be COPY
and F3 is CUT
but I am still trying to figure out how to get a function key for LAUNCHPAD & MISSION CONTROL

grateful for any feedback,

W
Hello wfriedwald,

For the ACEKEYA, this is a hybrid keyboard so both Mac and PC have shortcuts on this keyboard. However, not all shortcuts will be available for use.

For the Launch Pad, you need to hold the Control key + Shift + /
For the Mission Control, you need to hold the Control key + Up Arrow.

If somehow, those shortcuts do not activate, should follow the steps below.

For Mission Control:
1) System Preferences/Settings
2) Click on Keyboard
3) Click on Shortcut
4) Click on Mission control and make sure it is checked.
5) Once it is checked, move the cursor to the right. You should see some symbols or the word none. Depending on what it says, double-click on the symbols or the word none and press Control Up Arrow and it should set it.
Now on your keyboard, holding Control and pressing the Up Arrow will let you activate Mission Control.


For Launch Pad:
1) System Preferences/Settings
2) Click on Keyboard
3) Click on Shortcut
4) Click on Launch Pad and make sure it is checked.
5) Once it is checked, move the cursor to the right. You should see some symbols or the word none. Depending on what it says, double-click on the symbols or the word none and press Control, Shift, and Up Arrow and it should set it.
Now on your keyboard, holding Control, Shift, and pressing the / will let you activate Launch Pad.

If that fails, on the left of the shortcuts window, there should be a Restore Default button. If you click on that it should make it go back to normal.

Regards,
Macally
 
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wfriedwald

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follow-up question: is there a listing of ALL the shortcut keys that are already preprogrammed with this keyboard?

thanks again!

w
 

wfriedwald

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oh that's what I am trying to found out, what are the shortcut keys that are already preprogrammed? Trying to figure it out!
 

Macally Tech Support

macrumors newbie
Aug 25, 2023
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oh that's what I am trying to found out, what are the shortcut keys that are already preprogrammed? Trying to figure it out!
Shortcuts List that are on the keyboard that are preprogrammed:
F1 - Dim the Screen
F2 - Brighten the Screen
F3 - Cut
F4 - Copy
F5 - Paste
F6 - Previous Track
F7 - Pause and Play
F8 - Next Track
F9 - Mute
F10 - Volume Down
F11 - Volume Up
F12 - Eject
F13 - Print (asks if you are ready to print an article/document)
F14 - Screen Shot (can choose which part of the screen to capture)
F15 - Print Screen (Takes the whole screen capture)
F16 - On-Screen Keyboard (for Tablets Only)
 
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