Can someone clue me how to set my F2 key to Edit> Convert to Profile (instead of my display brightness)?
I used to be able to do this quite easily prior to 10.7, but now I can't figure it out.
Photoshop: Edit Keyboard Shortcuts> Convert to Profile won't accept my F2 key (it lights up my brightness)
System Prefs> Keyboard> Shortcuts is probably the key, but unchecking F2 doesn't solve the problem
The default for OS X 10.6 (and therefore 10.7, I presume) is to apply the "special feature" printed on a Fn key when the Fn keypress is not accompanied by the key with "fn" written on it which sits above the "delete" key.
You'll be able to change that behaviour in System Preferences > Keyboard so that the Fn keys behave as normal Fn keys without a simultaneous press of the "fn" key, and the "fn" key will be required for the "special features".
Here's a screenshot of the default setting which you will want to invert.
Is it me or do more and more operating system designers (on both sides of the fence) seem to be thinking more and more that the OS is an end-all, rather than a facilitator for what the user wants to do?
In this case, I don't see anything to complain about. The user has control over how to access the user-assignable "function" versus the "special feature" of a Fn key depending on the "fn" modifier key being pressed. A toggle to invert the behaviour is provided, as shown in my screenshot. This amounts to an addition to the traditional functionality (pun not intended) of the Fn keys, not a loss in functionality or restriction of choice.
(Also, there are the combinations of Cmd, Opt, Shift and Ctrl with the Fn keys.)
It's not just you.
They seem to feel justified in breaking their own rules and agreements, stealing keys already in use, redefining basic behaviors, etc. without talking to developers about the impact, or in any way taking the customer into account when making such decisions.
In this case, I don't see anything to complain about.
Seems pretty clear gator soup didn't expect that function to be taken over, and it's lucky that someone thought to include an option that could be changed to cause the function key to work the right way. When do you think they might drop that option to reduce support cost even further?
Does Apple think there are just too many keys on the keyboard for the average user? Maybe they've been taking too many service calls from ignorant users who can't figure out how to press two keys at once to change their screen brightness and instead of trying to educate people on how to actually use a computer they just choose to cater to their stupidity.
I guess one must not need the F2 key to play most of the games in the App Store.
I think I'll drop off the forum now. I'm clearly in a foul mood today. Something about testing Windows 8 stuff sent me down this path.
conroy, thanks, that refreshed my memory, been that way for some time i recall now
what threw me off i think was the System Prefs> Keyboard> Shortcuts> Keyboard & Text individual check boxes for F1 & F2
Noel, F1-F10 keys include key OS shortcuts for brightness, volume, mute
the pain with "Use all keys as standard" option conroy pointed out is it disables F1-12 across the board -- having individual check boxes for them as i noted makes more commonsense (for me) because now i have to push a extra key to use them outside of Ps
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