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Set F4 Key To Activate LaunchPad?

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Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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Jul 21, 2011 4:39 AM

Is it possible in OS X Lion to program the F4 key on the keyboard to activate LaunchPad? I was trying to do it yesterday, but I couldn't get it to work. F4 kept bringing up the Dashboard instead.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 21.5-inch, Mid 2010, 3.2GHz
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,110 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 4:44 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    Reuben Feffer wrote:

     

    Is it possible in OS X Lion to program the F4 key on the keyboard to activate LaunchPad? I was trying to do it yesterday, but I couldn't get it to work. F4 kept bringing up the Dashboard instead.

    The F4 = Dashboard is a function built-in to the keyboard (mine, at least has a symbol).  I have not experimented, but you might want to look at system preferences>mission control and system preferences>keyboard to see if something there will help you.

     

    Barry

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  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,400 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 4:49 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    The function keys are dual-mode. Picture functions and F-keys. In the default mode, the F-keys use the picture functions. To get an F-key, you must hold down the "fn" key when pressing the function keys.

    You can reverse the behavior in the Keyboard System Preferences (Use all F1, F2,...). Then, the opposite is true. F-keys function as F-keys and you must hold down fn to get the picture functions.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,400 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 3:58 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    I think it is possible with some third-party keyboard remapping program, but in the straight OS, the picture functions are set.

  • Phil Kim Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 5:13 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    New MacBook Air replaces Dashboard key with Lauchpad key.

     

    I guess Apple will be updating at least Wireless Keyboard with this functionality soon. Hopefully, it will offer this capability via software as well.

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  • NNe00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 11:37 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    Personally it doesnt let me assing it to F4 (got the last generation apple wireless keyboard expose - dashboard). but any other keys it does let me.

     

    Going to System preferences >Keyboard > Keyboard shortcurts, Launchpad & Dock category > Show Launchpad click the right side of its field and hit the key you want to assign.

     

    Personally i chose F5 and works with no problems.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,400 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:18 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    Take a look at this Gigaom article. It shows a program that can remap the keys.

     

    http://gigaom.com/apple/get-around-easier-in-lion-with-keyboard-shortcuts/

  • shanike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:25 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    I own the latest apple wireless keyboard with the F4 key mapped as a launchpad button. what if I want to revert it to function as a dashboard button? the same as on my mbp 13" (late 2010)

  • Alex_Cougar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 8, 2012 2:12 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)

    I have the same problem here. I bought my MacBook Air recently and i set the keyboard shortcuts to default and the key has been disabled and the os  didn't let me to enable show launchpad.... And i finnaly found the solution : two words - Function Flip (http://kevingessner.com/public/downloads/FunctionFlip/2.2/FunctionFlip.prefPane. zip or if it doesn't work http://kevingessner.com/software/functionflip/ ). After you install it check the box " f4 : launchpad " , hope this helps you.

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