Using F5 on a powerbook

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Cloudgazer, May 3, 2005.

  1. Cloudgazer macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2005
    Certain apps I'm using reqquire use of the F5 key to refresh the page.
    (Dreamweaver, Explorer).
    On the powerbook the F5 key is also the volume key. How do I use this key without changing the volume?
    I've tried holding down shift, aapple key, etc.

    Please help.
  2. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    Either hold down th [fn] key (bottom left of your keyboard) or open up System Preferences and go to the Keyboard tab in the Keyboard & Mouse section.

    Select the "Use F1-F12 to control software features" if you don't want to hold down the [fn] key to do it. You then hold down [fn] when you want to control volume, brightness etc. (this is what I prefer to do, as I use F9-F12 for Exposé and Dashboard)
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Try using it in combination with the Fn- key, which should be in the extreme lower left. If you find that you would prefer the option of pressing Fn- when you want these keys to do volume/brightness, and just pressing the key for the F5 action, that option is located under the keyboard system prefs. :)

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