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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications System
I use F5 a lot on IE and Firefox on a PC. To me it's a standard for "get new stuff." So here's how to easily add it to any application that you want to "get new stuff" within. I'll explain how to do it for Mail.app, but you can then easily add this for any applicaiton (like Safari, etc).

Quit Mail and open System Preferences. Click the Keyboard & Mouse preferences panel, then click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Press the plus sign to add a new shortcut key. When the sheet comes down, find Mail in the Application pull-down menu, and enter Get New Mail as the Menu Title. Then click in the Keyboard Shortcut input and hit the F5 key. Finally, click Add to add the shortcut. If you have multiple accounts, you will also want to add one called Get All New Mail, as it is different command (perhaps assign it to Shift-F5). Follow the same steps as above to add this second shortcut.

And then there you have it ... Mail now has one-key mail checking. You can now do the same steps for Safari, or any other application that has a need for "refreshed" information.
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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: adrianm on Jul 24, '06 11:03:04AM

The mapping of any key to any menu item in any app is well documented, so is this really a hint?



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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: Brontojoris on Jul 24, '06 08:50:40PM

The mapping of two keyboard shortcuts to a single menu item, now *that* would be a hint.

ie, how can I map command+r _and_ F5 to refresh a page in Safari.



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beware of the VoiceOver shortcut
Authored by: hayne on Jul 24, '06 12:37:31PM

Note that the keyboard shortcut for turning on & off the "VoiceOver" feature (in Universal Access preferences) is Command-F5
I mention this because there have been a lot of people who have accidentally turned on Voice Over via this shortcut when they were trying to do a refresh in Firefox for example. (One symptom is black boxes around items on the screen.)



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beware of the VoiceOver shortcut
Authored by: giulio on Jul 25, '06 07:06:38AM

You can disable shortcuts in the preference pane. For instance I disabled Command-Option-D (show/hide dock) since it interferes with PhotoShop (Feather Selection).

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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: rgray on Jul 24, '06 12:43:09PM
YES this is a hint. It is one thing to "know" that shortcuts can be added, and quite another to be presented with an example that has resonance in one's personal situation.

If you have multiple accounts, why not just assign F5 to the check all function??

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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: rgray on Jul 24, '06 12:46:14PM

Hayne's comment, which appeared while I was writing mine, suggest a reason to not attach F5 to the check all... ????? The idea of a one key check-all appeals, but at what realistic cost?



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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: giulio on Jul 25, '06 07:08:32AM

I mentioned that. The menu item name is "Get All New Mail". Some people only have one account, so I explained both (because the menu item names are different).

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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: Kar98 on Jul 25, '06 10:44:53AM

Well, that didn't work for Entourage nor Unison.



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Create a 'refresh' function key for certain applications
Authored by: teszeract on Jul 25, '06 02:42:34PM
Use the freeware Spark (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14352) to bind keys within certain applciations. I think that the new Quicksilver also now allows a scope (application specific) to be assigned.

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