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Change volume and brightness in quarter-step increments
Authored by: slswift on Mar 29, '13 07:29:07AM

I believe that is only true on laptops. This is a Mac mini. I don't even have the FN key on my Apple keyboard.

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Change volume and brightness in quarter-step increments
Authored by: bed124 on Mar 29, '13 12:09:42PM

(Going only by the 10 Mac keyboards we have at our location) Various Mac USB/external keyboards have the Fn key, including the newer "flat" aluminum "full" keyboards and the "shortie"/wireless keyboards, but the older "plastic" keyboards do not (at least the "white" and "graphite 'n clear" ones we have, don't).

Looking at the System Preferences => Keyboard control panel, from my limited sample (which does include one Macmini4,1) the behavior seems to be that, if a keyboard with a Fn key is attached (and selected, in some cases), then the "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" option is presented (that's the wording for 10.8), otherwise the option is not presented (as it's not on our Mac Mini because it has an older plastic keyboard attached).

Of course, the obvious question is "If you attach a Fn-key'd keyboard, enable the option, then switch to a different keyboard ... does the OS "do the right thing?" #;-)

Due to the difficulty of accessing cabling on the applicable USB keyboard and the extreme difficulty of disassociating/re-associating a wireless keyboard where there are 4 within 10 feet of each other <grrrrr>, I'll leave the job of answering that question as an exercise for another reader.

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