My husband says I’m using my Mac wrong. Why? How? I type. I click. I take care not to break things. What could I be doing wrong that requires husbandly correction (for which he’ll pay handsomely if he pushes his luck too far)?
The Magic Of Mac Function Keys
Sorry, my husband is the family geek and our de facto Mac and PC system administrator. That means I don’t venture far from a stock usage of my Mac. He says I could be using the Mac’s function keys?
What function keys? The ones that play iTunes music, dim the screen, and change the volume? What’s so special about that, Mister Science?
He rattled off some prattle about apps that make the function keys function better. One of them is SimpleKeys, a function key remapper, which means the function keys can be anything you want. That one is cool. It’s like having built-in shortcuts for functions beyond what Apple maps into the function keys.
goes the other way and disables some features on the built-in function keys. That means screen dimmer, rewind, play and mute can be used for something else. Flipped to other uses, so to speak. But you’ll need another app to provide the extra functions to the keys. I’ll pass.
For a lot less money than the older, more professional custom keyboard apps is Shortcuts, which I truly like. Assign keyboard shortcuts to launch applications or open folders or files, change system actions (which use the Mac keyboard function keys), or open web sites with a click.
The latter one seems like extra mental clutter to me. My bookmarks open web site pages with a click and I don’t have to remember a keystroke combination. This one is worth a few bucks and it’s easy to set up and use.
If I can do this, you can do this. Simply assign a keyboard shortcut to a function, an app, open a file, or even run AppleScripts or shell scripts in Terminal (which is an app that Jeffrey says never to use, never, no how, now way, ever).
The only problem I have with Shortcuts is a personal memory problem of remembering which key stroke combos I’ve assigned to what function. For that, I wouldn’t mind a cheat sheet pop up, or some kind of keyboard overlay to help jog the memory.