I had this working fine in Tiger thru Mavericks, but it broke in Yosemite. Pressing F4 now launches Launchpad, and only fnF4 triggers Dashboard.

Launchpad is useless compared to Spotlight or even the Dock. I'd much rather have the F4 key triggering Dashboard again, or even Notifications (which is really starting to come along).

I have:

  • System Prefs / Mission Control / Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts / Show Dashboard set to F4.
  • Syst Prefs / Keyboard / Keyboard / Use all F-keys as standard function keys unticked.
  • Syst Prefs / Keyboard / Shortcuts / Launchpad & Dock / Show Launchpad unticked.
  • Syst Prefs / Keyboard / Shortcuts / Mission Control / Show Dashboard set to F4.

Ideas? Hopeless? Thanks!

2014 13" Retina MacBook Pro Mac OS X v10.1 Yosemite (14B25)


4 Answers 4


Do you have any exclamation points in triangles indicating the key is also mapped to a different function? From what you’ve described as your settings, it should be working…

  • I know the warning icon you mean, but I don't see it on any of the Keyboard Shortcuts submenus.
    – 2540625
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:53
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    Are you able to produce my desired behavior on a similar machine build?
    – 2540625
    Dec 17, 2014 at 18:54
  • I have this problem in High Sierra May 29, 2018 at 3:08

I have the same settings described in the message above and I don't get the Dashboard either. I have ended up assigning the top-right corner as a "hot corner" that shows the Dashboard.
System Preferences > Mission control > Hot corners (left-bottom corner of the window).

  • not a solution to this problem :( May 29, 2018 at 3:09

System Preferences > Mission Control > Dashboard (drop-down) Change dashboard drop down box from "off" to either "As overlay" or "As space"

Side note: I do have Show Dashboard set as F4 as seen below in this same Mission Ctrl window. Also, I have the same settings as was mentioned in the original posted question.


I mapped dashboard to F6 on my Mac Pro with a desktop keyboard. It doesn't require pressing the fn button since this key does not have a special use. But I think on Macbooks the F5 and F6 keys do keyboard illumination so that might not work on a laptop.

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