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  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 03:25:25 -0500 (EST)
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In System Preferences> Keyboard Shortcuts, I can customize many commands  
to respond to specific keystrokes. I recall changing some of these  
according to advice from Deke McClelland's book "Photoshop CS4 Channels &  

I do NOT see a way to change all F keys at once, in any fashion... and I  
do NOT see an assignment for F1 anywhere.

Hence, I can only surmise that my Advantage Kinesis keyboard is  
responsible for the (laudable) outcome that F1 is Help on my machine.

Just as you don't see 'fn' keys, I don't see a "function key row". (Nor  
have I had need of it, nor seen any application that referred to it.)

> lot, then it makes sense to set the system preference. (That panel will  
> give instructions on how to temporarily invert the sense of the keys.)

I see no such instructions.

Are we both using Snow Leopard?


On Thu, 04 Feb 2010 05:28:45 -0600, George Woodrow III <georgevw3 at>  

> How the top row of the keyboard is used depends on a preferences and can  
> be set in System Preferences (OS X).
> I normally use the keys for the uses printed on the keytops  
> (brighter/dimmer, Widgets, etc.), but I can hold down the fn key (lower  
> left on my MacBook Pro) to use the standard F1. (The system pref inverts  
> the default action.)
> There is no 'fn' key on my iMac keyboard. I'm sure that there is a way  
> to invert the sense of the function key row, but I'm too lazy to crank  
> up the computer to find out. If you use the F keys for F1, F2, etc. a  
> lot, then it makes sense to set the system preference. (That panel will  
> give instructions on how to temporarily invert the sense of the keys.)
> You can get the same action with shift-cmd-F, which is what I usually do.
> george woodrow iii
> On Feb 3, 2010, at 6:11 AM, DrMajorBob wrote:
>> F1 is help on MY Mac. I don't know why it isn't on yours!
>> Maybe it's because I don't use the standard, moronic (designed to  
>> maximize
>> carpal tunnel) Apple keyboard?
>> Bobby
>> On Tue, 02 Feb 2010 02:26:47 -0600, Michael Knudsen  
>> <micknudsen at>
>> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at> wrote:
>>> Hi Bob,
>>>> "&" indicates a pure function. Select "&" and hit F1 and the search
>>>> results will include a link to Function.  #1 == #2 & is shorthand for
>>>> Function[#1 == #2]
>>> Thanks for your very thorough reply. I'm on a Mac, and the F1 thing
>>> does not exist there -- I found out, since a colleague found the
>>> solution today on a Windows machine. I have just discovered that there
>>> is a similar function here, it is even called "Find selected
>>> function", but I overlooked it.
>>> Best,
>>> Michael
>>> --
>>> Michael Knudsen
>>> micknudsen at
>> --
>> DrMajorBob at

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