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I'm trying to change the Increase brightness key from F1 to F7.

In order to do that, I went to System Preferences and tried to make a custom shortcut, but I realized that I didn't know the menu command name for adjusting brightness, if it exists at all.

I tried "Increase Brightness," "Brightness Up," "Increase Display Brightness," all that stuff but none of them worked.

Any help?

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Apple hasn't made this easy (or if they have, I've missed it).

The only way that I know to do this is with Keyboard Maestro.

You may need to disable the iTunes media keys on your Mac keyboard:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist

And then you can use Keyboard Maestro’s Device Key option (for some reason the "Hot Key" didn't work.) Press the key that you want to use.

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  • Bummer. If Keyboard Maestro can do it, surely there must be a way to do it manually. (And I gotta say, paying $36 doesn't seem too fun either) – user55273 Nov 2 '14 at 23:27
  • There are a ton of things that Keyboard Maestro can be do, and usually do easier than other ways. It's one of the first apps that I install after setting up a new Mac. Well worth the price. – TJ Luoma Nov 4 '14 at 0:32

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