Monday, July 2, 2007

Removing Function key conflicts

This tip may be useful to avoid other conflicts than the example I give below.

I use Parallels to use Windows. I use Visual Studio, to execute my .NET (C#) program. When I typed Ctrl + F5, it ended up conflicting with the Function keys on the Mac (every time I tried to run, it would try to increase the volume of my speaker—not very helpful).

On the Mac, in the Keyboard settings, I turned on the option "Use the F1-F12 keys to control software features. When this option is selected, press the Fn key to use the F1-F12 keys to control hardware features."

Now, if I really want to change the speaker volume, I press Fn + F5 (or Fn + F4), and Ctrl + F5 within Visual Studio (in Parallels) runs my C# program.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Thanks! THis totally made my day. (easy enought to do on a friday I suppose :)