Change function keys in macOS Catalina

One of the features that you can add to your Mac is customizing the function keys. Very useful in cases where you have to do repetitive tasks and that you use often. With the function keys you can make certain actions faster.

Modify functions of these keys not relatively difficult but you have to take into account a couple of things before getting down to work. In this tutorial we tell you how to do it so that it works from the first moment.

Function keys can be customized to your liking

One of the first things to keep in mind is that the functions you can assign to these function keys, are bounded by Apple and macOS Catalina operating system, but calm that it will serve you for sure.

In order to change the way these function keys behave, follow these steps:

  • Select the Apple menu> System Preferences, click on Keyboard and then "Quick Functions."
  • Select "App shortcuts" On the left, click the Add button the one with the + symbol, Click on the Applications drop-down menu and then select a specific app or “All applications.” If by chance the application you are looking for is not in the list, you just have to select "other" to find the one you want.

Now comes the main thing. Assign the function we want to that key:

  • In the field of "Keyboard shortcut", press the key combination you want to use as a keyboard shortcut, and then click Add.
  • Eg press the Fn and F10 keys to display the desktop.

Now keep in mind that you can only create keyboard shortcuts for existing menu commands. You cannot create keyboard shortcuts to perform general tasks such as opening an application.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you select a function that already exists for another key combination, this task will not work.

If what you want is to delete a combination already created, you just have to select the one you want and hit the delete button.

I hope it has helped you and really give it a try because certain tasks are done very quickly.


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