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?


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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