My last macbook had a dedicated key (f4) for open launchpad. On my new macbook, the f4 key opens search instead of launchpad.

Is there are way I can open launchpad quickly with a keyboard shoutcut, without using some contorted trackpad gesture?

  • Edit a shortcut in system preferences : keyboard?
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 15, 2021 at 20:01

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You can set it to whatever you want in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts:

Keyboard shortcut preferences

  • Cody, how are you able to set it up like that? F4 doesn't seem to be accepted: I press it and it doesn't register--the box remains empty. Thanks!
    – user440136
    Nov 18, 2021 at 5:01
  • @Sergio Did you try Fn-F4? If this also doesn't work, please ask a new question.
    – nohillside
    Nov 18, 2021 at 7:15

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