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When you press and release the function key and some letters keys at the same time, it has some special macOS actions. I can't find anything official about these online.

What are they? How can I control and hopefully disable them all?

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    I don't know how to disable them all, but one can disable fn key itself (Systen Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Modifier keys -> Globe key -> No action). May 19, 2023 at 12:02
  • @AivarPaalberg - this question is a direct [yet unlinked] follow-up to apple.stackexchange.com/questions/460019/…
    – Tetsujin
    May 19, 2023 at 12:15

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The Fn/🌐 (Function/Globe Key) shortcuts don't seem to be documented anywhere. The only way to disable the shortcuts is to disable the Fn key entirely (using hidutil) and that's not a viable solution. It appears the documentation folks at Apple have inadvertently omitted this info.

Since these shortcuts aren't documented anywhere, I did a little experimentation and came up with this list of shortcuts for reference. Activate the shortcut by pressing and holding the Fn/🌐 along with the associated key/letter. See below.

Shortcut Action
A Activate Dock
C Activate Control Center
D Activate Dictation
E Emoji Viewer
F Toggle Fullscreen
H View/Hide Desktop
M Move focus to Menubar
N Notification Center
Q Quick Notes
Del Delete Character to right of cursor. Same as ^ ControlD †
↑ Scroll Up 1 page †
↓ Scroll Down 1 page †
← Scroll to beginning of document †
→ Scroll to end of document †

(Tested in Ventura only)


† Included here for completeness only. This shortcut can be found on Apple's website: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

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    Do you know when all the letter ones were added?
    – minseong
    May 19, 2023 at 17:01
  • At least Ventura. My other machine is Catalina and I don't believe they are there (can test over the weekend). I don't have Big Sur or Mojave installed anywhere to verify this. Since it's not even documented, I wouldn't know where to find this definitive info other than testing.
    – Allan
    May 19, 2023 at 17:20
  • Only the 'old' ones already documented work on Mojave [either that or only if you have a key with a globe on it. I have no way to differentiate, next newest Mac has globe AND Ventura.]
    – Tetsujin
    May 19, 2023 at 17:52
  • On my machine I discovered following fn shortcuts in Safari: fn+x closes active tab/window, fn+d scroll down, fn+u scroll up May 19, 2023 at 20:51
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    @theonlygusti I'm on Monterey (12.6.5) and the letter ones work here. May 22, 2023 at 6:32

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