Remapping Launchpad key to Dashboard

bahen

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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
 

fisherking

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Jul 16, 2010
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ny somewhere
try
System Preferences>Keyboard>Keyboard Shortcuts>Mission Control.
check Show Dashboard, select F4.

u may need functionflip to first disable F4 (not sure...)
 

bahen

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Mar 1, 2009
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Doesn't work, sadly. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

bahen

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Mar 1, 2009
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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.
 

esreid

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Mar 16, 2012
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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.