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There are several hints here on remapping the function keys on a standard PC keyboard when used with a Mac (in my case, a Mac mini). The standard key map does use F8 to F12, but lacking are volume controls, shut down switch, and others. Several people suggested using ControllerMate or Keyboard Maestro to handle this problem. Here's another solution...

Somewhere, I found a hint suggesting to use Griffin's Proxi to solve this problem. After installing Proxi, create a new trigger by using "insert Trigger" from the little gear icon, then select Hotkey Monitor. You can then choose the desired key. Then select a new task (Insert Task, Key Press). I choose to set up volume control on F4/F5, and mute on F3. This works like a charm.
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Remap the function keys on a standard PC keyboard
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 03, '08 03:08:01PM

Thanks for the link to that program. I have been looking for a replacement for my Quicksilver triggers that only work half the time to play/pause iTunes.



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Remap the function keys on a standard PC keyboard
Authored by: aariq on Nov 03, '08 04:51:37PM

I have a similar problem that I haven't found a program to fix. I use an external USB number pad with my MacBook and I wish it had a tab key. It does, however, have a num lock key that doesn't seem to do anything and I wouldn't ever use anyways. Any ideas how I could remap it to work as a tab key?



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Remap the function keys on a standard PC keyboard
Authored by: lcpguy on Dec 03, '08 03:48:53PM

I just got a Uni-Comp "buckling spring" keyboard which is a PC only keyboard. I just love that old-time KB feel and the IBM buckling spring was the premier technology in KB function and tactile feedback. It is clickly, but not as loud as the Matias Tactile Pro. Plus it has an even better feel and is half the price.

Anyway, using Proxie, I have successfully remapped the f3, f4 and f5 keys to vol down, vol up and mute.

Thanx much for the tip. Works just GREAT.

John




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Remap the function keys on a standard PC keyboard
Authored by: dcottle on Mar 21, '09 11:37:17AM

I've been using the macro software Quickeys for several years. After reading and trying this hint, it occurred to me that Quickeys should have a similar function, and it does. I don't have an opinion as to which is best. Just if you're already using Quickeys you can tap into this feature. In my case, I like to use the Fn keys, but also the volume and brightness. Apple only allows FN keys or feature keys. But if I leave them on FN, then define, e.g., F12 to volume up in Quickeys, I can have both.



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