Understanding the Function And Special Features Keys On the Mac Keyboard

New Mac users sometimes don't understand why the top row of keys on the keyboard don't work as expected. These keys are both the function keys and the special features keys, also knows as f-keys and media control keys. You toggle how these keys behave with the fn key. But a setting in System Preferences determines which mode is the default one and which requires the fn key.

Comments: 3 Responses to “Understanding the Function And Special Features Keys On the Mac Keyboard”

    Bill Braun
    6 days ago

    Gary – What do I hold down with an extended keyboard? There is no Function Key on my keyboard, but I would like to have the option to choose between the different functions – I use Keyboard Maestro a lot and have the Checkbox checked in system preferences. What do I have change to get the option to use the other functions?

    6 days ago

    Bill: There is an FN key on every Apple keyboard. Perhaps you have it next to your Home key? To the right of the Delete key?

    Bill Braun
    6 days ago

    Thanks Gary, – I never noticed that before – I was always looking down by control or option or command. Thanks much! Love your videos and expertise – really informative and helpful.

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