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Is there a keyboard shortcut for toggling between Function and classic F keys?

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Depending on what you're trying to do, you may be able to cut out the keyboard shortcuts altogether and completely automate this. KeyRemap4MacBook allows you to set key re-mappings based on what application you're currently using.

I am using a setting that switches F1 through F12 to standard Function keys whenever I'm using RDC (Windows Remote Desktop). Any other time they operate like their icons (brightness, volume, play, etc).

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This was just want I was looking for. –  GreenKiwi Sep 7 '11 at 16:29
how can you make these settings application depending? I can enable it only global. –  Pfitz Dec 5 '12 at 10:45

There might be an easier way, but the following comes to mind:

  • Turn on Universal Access.
  • Create an AppleScript or Automator App that toggles this via the UI.
  • Bind that app to a key combo.
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I believe you can use the FN key in combination with your desired F1 through F12 keys, to use the standard F key functionality.

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