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Keyboard shortcut for Dashboard not working

1855 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2013 9:49 PM by Raj RSS
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Jan 28, 2013 8:06 AM

Hello all,


Somehow in the last 24 hours I lost the ability to open up the Dashboard using its assigned keyboard shortcut, F4.  Dashboard opens normally when I click its icon on the dock, but I really miss being able to press a key to open it.  I've checked in System Prefs that under both Mission Control and Keyboard, F4 is supposed to open dashboard.  I tried rebooting.  I tried restoring the default, which is F12.   I tried switching back to my setting, F4.  None of this fixed the issue.  Other keyboard shortcuts in Mission Control, like ctrl-up arrow to show Mission Control still work.


Thank you for any help.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Raj Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 11:36 AM (in response to ekoylo)

    It's silly of Apple that even though there are interfaces to change the keyboard shortcut for both Launchpad and Dashboard, that they are ignored. There is, however, a way to work around this:


    Use the free KeyRemap4MacBook. When you download it, open its preferences and then search for the word 'Launchpad' and you'll see the option 'Launchpad to Dashboard'. Put a checkmark beside that option and you're done


    Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 11.26.19 AM.png.


    Apple should fix this, so that settings in the System Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts, or System Preferences > Mission Control are honored.

  • Raj Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Apr 22, 2013 9:49 PM (in response to Raj)

    Another option is FunctionFlip


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