macOS lets you assign an action to the 🌐 (globe) key:

This setting works on a modern keyboard with combined 🌐 fn key:

globe/fn key

But my first-generation Magic Keyboard doesn't have the globe symbol on its fn key:

old fn key

This seems to be more than just a visual difference. On my Magic Keyboard, it only works as a plain fn key, and the action assigned to the 🌐 key ("Show Emoji & Symbols") doesn't work.

Is there a way to have the first-generation Magic Keyboard's fn key act like a modern 🌐 fn key?

  • Are these both connected to the same Mac, on the same macOS?
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 23, 2022 at 14:07
  • Yes, same Mac and macOS.
    – Jo Liss
    Feb 23, 2022 at 14:29
  • Then I'm guessing it's reading the keyboard 'live' I will disable the feature if it's not present. idk what difference is sent by the key. You could try Key Codes (freeware) & see what each is actually sending.
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 23, 2022 at 14:43
  • How old is the keyboard? My iMac 2017 keyboard has only fn on the key and works just fine to show emoji and symbols. Does Character Viewer work from the bottom of the Edit menu? Feb 23, 2022 at 15:11
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    for me it works double tapping the fn key in my first magic keyboard Mar 31, 2022 at 10:56

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I was having a similar problem, but after upgrading to the latest version of Monterey (12.6), it is now working:

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I since upgraded to a new Magic Keyboard with a globe symbol (🌐 fn), but the emoji window still doesn't show reliably when I press it, so I think the premise of this question is wrong. It's actually not about globe symbol at all.

I've made a follow-up question for this problem: Globe 🌐 (fn) key doesn't open emoji picker with external keyboard

  • Were you also only talking about clamshell mode when you ask the question 6 months ago? Sep 20, 2022 at 10:45
  • @TomGewecke I think so, but I'm not sure. I only properly figured out that "external keyboard + clamshell mode" is a contributor to the problem when I wrote the follow-up question.
    – Jo Liss
    Sep 22, 2022 at 16:41

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