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Restore the OS 9 function keys System
I switched to OS X two days ago and got crazy when I found myself pressing the function keys to reveal my app actions -- I feel invalid without F1-F12 in Photoshop and Flash. I was searching the web for that issue but couldn't find any solution (not even the problem mentioned...) Well, I finally found one...

Boot into OS 9, open the Classic control panel "Keyboard" and change the prefs here. Booting back into OS X, the function keys are functions keys again! Woohoo!

[Editor's note: I'm almost positive we had published something along these lines at some point in time, but I can't seem to find it at the apologies in advance if this is a duplicate!]
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10.1.2 fixed this
Authored by: syster29 on Jan 11, '02 11:09:07PM

If you update your system to 10.1.2 and using the new apple keyboard, it disabled the "eject cd" function with the f12 key. If you're using an old apple keyboard, the f12 won't be disabled but you have to hold it down a couple of seconds to eject the cd.

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10.1.2 fixed this
Authored by: 128K Mac on Jan 12, '02 01:11:48AM

Curiously, I didn't find the F12 "fix" to exist at all. 9.2.2 broke my F12 key with no "eject on delay." I recall reading that on MacFixIt early on after 9.2.2 shipped.

This is with an Apple Pro Keyboard, G4 DP 450 Tower (gigabit).

Since I sometimes use my Apple Extended II keyboard, circa 1995, with the G4 (with an iMate adaptor) this has concerned me, but haven't used the old keyboard for awhile, plus rarely am in 9.2.2 anymore.

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10.1.2 fixed this
Authored by: useEvil on Jan 15, '02 02:23:49PM

I've been using PFKey Avalier X v1.0.3, which works like the Keyboard control panel in OS 9. It works great and it doesn't bring the finder foward.

I've got a complaint with the new 9.2.2, it disabled the command + F1 combination, which would put the display to sleep on a Powerbook. Does anyone know how to get this back?

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How do you do the equivalent in OS X?
Authored by: j0nathan on Apr 10, '02 11:19:21AM

Unless I'm going senile, there seems to be no equivalent in OS X (10.1.3) - the Keyboard and International panels in System Prefs would seem to be the obvious place.

Basically, I'm using Flash MX on a Powerbook Ti and can't get the function keys to work without hitting 'fn'.

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