11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2006 12:11 PM by tchristian34
Dustin Krysak Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Is there a way to mock a "scroll lock" on an apple keyboard? I need it for a remote linux app.

Thanks!

Dual 1.25 g4 tower, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • 1. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    Barry Margolin Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)
    Are you using X11 to display the app on your Mac? If so, I think you should be able to use xmodmap to map an existing key to Scroll Lock.
  • 2. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    Digitaldoc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a printer switch to use my printer with both my PC and Mac.

    The darn Mac BT keyboard has not scroll lock key which is necessary to initiate the darn printer switch!

    Anybody know the equivalent key on the Mac?

    I can't find it under the keyboard System Preferences!
  • 3. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    davepex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Try shift F14 . It toggles scroll lock when in Excel on the Mac.
  • 4. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    davepex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Try shift F14.
  • 5. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    tchristian34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the exact same keyboard and issue. SHIFT+F14 did not work. I also saw another suggetion for CTRL+F14. That didn't work either. I've tried a bunch of keys and sequences to try and find it by chance, but no luck so far. Did anyone ever find a fix or workaround? Is there a key mapping software or app that would let me make a key sequence to match that of a scroll lock under Windows? I'm brand new to the mac world so any info on how to go about finding a fix would be helpful too. Thanks!

    Oh, one other thing, somewhere I saw mention of an "extended keyboard" for the mac that includes a scroll lock key. Anyone know what that is all about? I would assume that the mac keyboards can send the Windows scroll lock command if the exteneded keyboard can do it.
  • 6. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    Abhi Beckert Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Any USB keyboard with a scroll lock button should work perfectly, Apple's keyboards don't have a scroll lock button because, for most people, it's useless. You've already got page up/down and the scroll wheel on most mice, why have an extra button that no-body understands?

    It seems very strange to me that a printer driver would take over the scroll lock button, does this mean you can no-longer use the button for it's original purpose?

    Anyway, the answer is you'll need to plug in a keyboard with a scroll lock button, unless there's some software that will let you bind another key to scroll lock.
  • 7. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    Is there a way to mock a "scroll lock" on an apple
    keyboard? I need it for a remote linux app.

    Thanks!


    On real terminals Scroll Lock sends Control-S to pause text and Control-Q to resume. Try typing Control-S, then Control-Q.
  • 8. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    tchristian34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    when I plug in a usb windows keyboard, scroll lock is mapped to "adjust screen brightness down" not the actual scroll lock key. And yes the scroll lock key still works as it should. The switch only recognizes a double tap of the scroll lock key, much like a double click on a mouse. Any other suggestions?

    MacBook 2GHz 1GB   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   Back in Black
  • 9. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    tchristian34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for the suggestion, didn't seem to work. I tried using control+s, control+q, Option+s and Option+q. any other suggestions? Iguess I'm gonna have to switch it manually unless I can find a good and straight forward remapping software.
  • 10. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    In the "Terminal" menu click "Window Settings". Select "Emulation" and uncheck "Escape non-ASCII characters". Then try Control-S and Control-Q.
    Also, look at "Creating custom control sequences in Terminal" in Terminal's Help.
  • 11. Re: scroll lock on apple keyboard
    tchristian34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Either that didn't work or I was doing it incorrectly. I've decided my time is better spent doing other stuff and paid $14 for a manual switch on eBay. Seems to be working just fine now. Thanks for all your suggestions. If anyone figures out a proven method, please post it. I'd like to know if it can be done.

    Thanks!