Function keys

Tara Brady
30 November, 2011
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After acquiring Minecraft and other games for my MacBook I have run into the situation where I need to use the function keys on the keyboard to use certain features in the games, but due to the Apple keyboard I cannot use them because they have primary functions already assigned to them – like brightness, pause and play, Mission Control, Launchpad, etc. Is there any way around this?

Sam Simpson

Yes, you are able to configure your keyboard to ignore primary functions allocated to specific keys. This can be done within your System Preferences.

Go into System Preferences > Keyboard, and tick the box with the option ‘Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys’. This removes those primary functions and allows you to use them as ‘standard’ function keys instead. All that needs to be done when you have finished playing is to do the reverse so that the keys once again have the default functions applied to them.

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  1. Tony says:

    I have just been reading about Keybord Maestro and, if I am reading correctly, you can set it up so that you can assign a key combination to run Minecraft, or any other program, then reassign the function keys and then, when you close Minecraft, reassign the default function keys.

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