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How to Set Up Home, End, Page Up, Page Down Keys on a MacBook Pro

This is great but where the heck are my dedicated Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys?!This is great but where the heck are my dedicated Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys?!

Casual users are scarcely aware that the Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys even exist. However, for many experienced users -- in particular, typists, software developers, spreadsheet users, etc. -- having dedicated Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys is essential. The provided method, Fn+Up, Fn+Down, Fn+Left, Fn+Right is insufficient.

This article describes how to create dedicated versions of these keys. This is a bit complex but if you follow these steps you will soon have your beloved dedicated keys again!

- By default, the F keys on a MacBook Pro execute various operating system commands, such as Expose, Dashboard, Volume Up, etc. The first thing to do is to disable that using the control panel Keyboard options screen so that to get those functions you press Fn+F3 for Expose, for example, rather than just pressing F3. Note that we will fix that again later (read on!).

- OK, now that we have reassigned the F keys to be F keys, we will set aside four of them to function as Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down. I recommend using:

F9 -> Home
F10 -> End
F11 -> Page Up
F12 -> Page Down

You can use any of the commonly available keyboard remapping programs for the Mac to do this (e.g. the fKeys utility).

- Finally, let's now put back the other keys that you want. I personally don't mind using two hands FN+F12 to adjust the volume, for example, so I will leave that one the way it is. However, I use Expose and Dashboard so now use fKeys to reassign those keys individually back to the OS function rather than F key status.

You're done! Now F9-F12 act as dedicated Home, End Page Up, and Page Down keys -- no function keys required. You can still get at those OS keys as well. Perfect. If you also use Bootcamp to run Windows on your Mac, then you will have to find a similar tool in Windows to remap the keys.

by Margaret Walker on Sun, 01/31/2010 - 13:03

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