I recently picked up a 2016 Macbook Pro (with Touch Bar). I use an external keyboard. There used to be a setting in the keyboard system preferences that "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys". That is no longer an option. Is there a way to get that back?

  • Yes I find the new keyboards a step down from the old ones. I've had my new (7 month) old keyboard on my 2017 MacBook replaced last week.
    – Deesbek
    Jul 27, 2017 at 21:57

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At least in Sierra 10.12.3, the Keyboard panel of System Preferences has a check box for that which says:

Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys on external keyboards

When this option is selected, press the Fn key to use the special features printed on each key

  • In 10.12.5, it doesn't Jul 27, 2017 at 21:11
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    Just checked 10.12.6 and I see the option Jul 28, 2017 at 12:31
  • So weird, I just saw it there, then closed and re-opened sysprefs and it was gone. Can't seem to get it back! Jul 28, 2017 at 17:16
  • This option does not appear on MacBooks with a Touchbar.
    – jelder
    May 25, 2018 at 12:03
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    Is your external keyboard connected?
    – chrismarx
    Jul 12, 2018 at 2:06

This may not apply to everyone, but in my case, I am using a Logitech Keyboard (K750). The Logitech control panel has an override to use the F-keys as standard function keys.


You can install Karabiner-Elements.

In karabiner-elements Preferences, in the Function Keys tab, there is an option at the bottom, "Use all F-keys as standard function keys"

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