Remapping Launchpad key to Dashboard

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by bahen, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. bahen macrumors newbie

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    There are a number of sources on the Internet that explain how to remap the Dashboard key on pre-Lion machines to Launchpad, but none that I have found that might work for remapping the Launchpad key to Dashboard. I liked how a single key would bring up Dashboard on my older machine, and I don't care much for Launchpad, so help in remapping this would be much appreciated. I am running an MBP Dec 2011, OS 10.7.2

    With thanks,
    bahen
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 603

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    try
    System Preferences>Keyboard>Keyboard Shortcuts>Mission Control.
    check Show Dashboard, select F4.

    u may need functionflip to first disable F4 (not sure...)
     
  3. bahen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't work, sadly. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  4. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Use KeyRemap4MacBook.

    Search for Launchpad in its preference pane and you'll see the option 'Launchpad to Dashboard'. Select it and you're done.
     
  5. bahen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Simplicated, many thanks for this. Does this software run in the background at all times or does it 'hardwire' a change? I would like to remap things without having additional software running in the background, though I suspect that that would be too ideal. Further thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  6. esreid macrumors newbie

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    Remap launchpad key to dashboard on MacBook

    Another thanks to Simplicated. A couple other notes to add to this thread, things I learned while trying to solve this problem.

    If you first updated to Lion with a pre-Lion keyboard, it kept F4 as Dashboard. That may be why you didn't encounter this problem before.

    Newer keyboards are hard coded to have F4 as launchpad -- none of the basic System Prefs changes will alter this, even though it looks like they will (what's up with that, Apple??!). You shouldn't waste time trying. :) Just download the new software.

    KeyRemap got 4 of 5 mouses from MacWorld, but their complaint is about its interface, which I agree is a little intimidating for a casual user. It requires a restart to launch. Once you install it, you access it through System Prefs::Other. In the Change Key window, look for "Change F1...F9 key" then "Change functional key."

    Under that option, check "Launchpad to Dashboard." You'll be all set then.
     

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