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Modifier Keys Not Restoring to Default

2981 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2009 3:30 PM by Chester Wood RSS
kdwinnell Calculating status...
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Dec 2, 2008 3:48 PM
I changed my modifier key mapping so that I could use a Windows keyboard with my MacBook Pro (late 2008). I set the Control key to function as the Command key and vice versa. Now it won't change back.

I've changed the key selections. Restored Defaults under Keyboard & Mouse. I've performed a Disk Utility. I've confirmed nothing is selected under Speech.

At a loss and kind of miffed. Makes using my laptop quite inconvenient when not at my desk.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • codingmonkey Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2008 5:00 PM (in response to kdwinnell)
    I'm having the exact same problem. It's very frustrating as it makes using the laptop very annoying. Any suggestions?
    15" Unibody MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250 GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 16GB iPod Touch
  • codingmonkey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 2, 2008 7:11 PM (in response to kdwinnell)
    OK, I've solved the problem. Here's how you fix it:

    1. Plug in the external keyboard and set the modifier keys to work correctly with the external keyboard.
    2. Change the modifier keys back to default settings. Try the laptop keyboard to insure the modifier keys work correctly.
    3. Go back to the modifier keys section and in the "Select keyboard:" drop down pick the external keyboard.
    4. Change the modifier keys to work with the external keyboard.
    5. Test both keyboards, they should now work.

    You might not have to do all these steps, but that's what I did and it worked. Good luck.
    15" Unibody MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250 GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 16GB iPod Touch
  • NickH2 Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2009 8:18 AM (in response to kdwinnell)
    Brilliant - thanks for solving problem for me as well!

    I had originally used a Dell keyboard with my Mac Mini but ditched it for a Apple wireless keyboard and then couldn't work out why any variation of key modifiers always resulted in Command and Control permanently swapped on my Apple keyboard.

    Your tip has prevented a trip to the local Genius Bar! Thanks again
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Apple wireless keyboard
  • luftholen Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2009 12:24 PM (in response to kdwinnell)
    Check this discussion:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=621310

    I had the same problems as you guys and it worked perfectly without pluging a stupid keyboard in and out again...

    Good luck.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Chester Wood Calculating status...
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    May 14, 2009 3:30 PM (in response to codingmonkey)
    Cool! Never noticed the "Select Keyboard" dropdown before. Now I can switch back and
    forth between keyboards without opening and changing the preference pain (sic) each time!

    Thanks.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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