To be more specific I'm running Snow Leopard (10.6.7) on a late 2009 MBP. I never really used Dashboard and disabled it using the terminal and now I have the F4 key not doing anything. That would be awesome if I could make a keyboard short cut such as "Hide Others" or "Show Desktop" or whatever. I have this program called BetterTouchTool which does keyboard and mouse gesture shortcuts pretty well but it won't do keyboard shortcuts using F# keys.


Hi @Hobbs I have a couple of suggestions

you could set hot corners in system preference -> exposê & Spaces

or if you have a multi-button mouse you could set the buttons on your mouse to do the expose funcitons

  • @mcgralim, I already have hot corners set to do those but hot corners are only limited to doing things like Global Expose, Application Expose, Widgets and Show Desktop. Hot corners are not able to run custom commands like Hide All Other Applications which is all I really wanted out of this.
    – Hobbs
    Apr 30 '11 at 3:09

You have to turn on "F1, F2 keys as standard function keys". This is done in the Keyboard preference pane of System Preferences. It's the one in the middle. AFAIK you can't have some functions (itunes play/pause etc) on and others off.

On my keyboard I have F13-15 set up as Expose, Expose on current app and show desktop (by default I think). MBP doesn't have these, but you can set them. In the Keyboard prefpane, Keyboard shortcuts, Expose and Spaces. Set as whatever you can.

http://kevingessner.com/software/functionflip/ You pick what f-buttons you want to be able to use without the FN button.

  • Correction: you can have custom and default keyboard settings, you just have to do it through BetterTouchTool. I just did and now I have all of my F keys doing what I want them to do. Thanks for that.
    – Hobbs
    Apr 18 '11 at 15:46
  • @Hobbs Check updated answer
    – tobylane
    Apr 22 '11 at 22:09
  • Function Flip along with Keyboard Maestro (or Quicksilver) seems like a viable option however BetterTouchTool is able to allow for custom keyboard shortcuts (once reverting it back to FKeys).
    – Hobbs
    Apr 30 '11 at 3:07

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