mac function keys

How to Use Your Mac’s Function Keys

mac function keys

Apple Mac computers are undeniably beautifully designed machines and come with all sorts of bell ad whistles. From smooth sleek outer cases to gorgeous shiny graphics. On top of the hundreds of great features these computers come will a fully loaded keyboard. They contain all the usual A -Z keys, command, caps lock etc however Macs also harbour some extra special keys…

Notice at the very top of your keyboard the F (function) key family. Besides the Escape key (on the left) and Eject (on the far left) there are 12 F keys in total and each one is adapted to carry out some very special functions!

These special functions are shortcuts designed to speed up any command and make using Macs an absolute breeze. For example the function might be to simply turn up the brightness of your screen or the volume but they can also instantly reveal all you your live windows and applications, even fast forward a movie.

By default every Mac machine have already assigned certain helpful commands to these keys. Luckily to make the rather cryptic F number keys and their functions a bit cleaner, beside the initials you will also see a mini diagram. For example on the most recent MacBook Pro laptops the F1 shows a symbol of a sun (to turn up the brightness of your screen) F12 shows Apples volume diagram with radiating sound lines (turn up volume) and the F8 key displays a Play/Pause symbol.

To make learning your new life of Mac shortcuts that little bit easier, this function keys are also assembled in related pairs and groups. Ie Mute sound, Turn Up and Turn Down your volume.

It might seem slightly daunting to learn all the functions of these 12 F keys, but it is so worth it! Although, there is a small spanner in the works… depending on the age and model of your Mac machine the order of these buttons varies. However the symbols do not change so just remember to take a glance at them before to ensure you pick the correct key.

Click here to learn which F keys perform which functions!

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Chef Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chef Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)