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  1. Function keys tip: how to use them without pressing “Fn” (Mac)
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Function keys tip: how to use them without pressing “Fn” (Mac)

There's just one little problem with using a non-Apple keyboard: figuring out some of the keyboard equivalents. There are at least five keys that may have different names or symbols on a Windows keyboard than they do on a Mac keyboard, which can make it difficult to follow Mac-related instructions.

It's there, it just looks a little different. Here are the five most commonly used special keys on a Mac and their Windows keyboard equivalents. Another helpful bit of information for new Mac users is to know which menu key symbols correspond to which keys on the keyboard. The symbols used in the Mac menus can be a bit strange to those new to the Mac, as well as old hands who may be more mousers than keyboard users.

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Besides Windows and Mac keyboards having slightly different names, they also swap the positions of two often-used modifier keys: the Command and Option keys. Likewise, the Windows keyboard's Alt key is where you expect to find the Mac's Command key. If you're used to using the modifier keys from your old Mac keyboard, you're likely to run into trouble for a while as you relearn the key locations.

Instead of having to relearn key locations, use the Keyboard preference pane in System Preferences to reassign the modifier keys, allowing you to keep the fingering skills you already possess. In the System Preferences window that opens, select the Keyboard preference pane. Use the pop-up menu next to the Option and Command keys to select the action you wish the modifier keys to perform.

Windows Keyboard Equivalents for the Mac's Special Keys

In this example, you want the Option key the Alt key on a Windows keyboard to execute the Command action, and the Command key the Windows key on a Windows keyboard to perform the Option action. Also, if things get a bit mixed up, you can just click the Restore Defaults button to put everything back the way it was. It only takes a minute to sign up. I am in a bit of a pickle.

Yes, you can keep that Windows Keyboard you love so much

A friend of mine has a new Mac keyboard which has a Fn key right on it, but when I press the same location on my keyboard my cursor simply turns into a question mark, apparently this is treated as the 'help' key from older model mac keyboards. I know that I can change my function keys to work properly using an option from the Keyboard preference pane, but I don't want to do that because the ONLY time I need my function keys is when I'm in terminal, other times I am fine with things like volume adjustment etc.

I have also looked in "Modifier Keys. The place on my friends Mac keyboard that functions as an Fn key is an Insert key on mine. The Function keys F1, etc behave as such as opposed to brightness, volume, etc , regardless of what you set in the Keyboard preference pane. Luckily the F Lock remembers its setting across reboots. KeyRemap4MacBook allows you to map the F keys to the usual brightness, volume, etc. I have a Microsoft Wireless keyboard attached to my MacBook Pro and can do much of what the function keys do from this -- once I installed the drivers.

I think the only feature that Fn provides that I cannot duplicate on the Microsoft keyboard is brightness control. I landed here with the same problem. I have a Microsoft natural keyboard. I hit pay dirt when I hit the F lock key. Just tested over here with a Dell keyboard, and I was not able to turn off the F-keys from being the "function" key eg.

Expose, etc.


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That option seems only to be available with Apple branded keyboards So, without patching with a software driver, or hacking a plist I don't see any way to do this In your microsoft keyboard simply press what ever key you intend to press. Now a microsoft windows logitech key board attached to the mac, which is working fine, all I need to type is a single key F8 alone. It is working like that for me.


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