Fn + Function keys are not working on MacBook Pro 13" non-retina

By thehacker
Apr 8, 2013
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  1. Hello,

    Just bought a MacBook Pro 13" Core-i7 non-retina model. I haven't used Mac OS X before. So, I am still learning on how to use it.

    The problem is fn + function key combination doesn't seem to work. Suppose when I have a tab open and highlighted in Google Chrome, and if I press fn + F5 it doesn't refreshes the page. Even pressing fn + F1 doesn't brings up the help window. Am I missing something? Is there any specific setting which I need to do? Tried googling it but got no useful solution.

    Posting here after a long long time. :)

    Thanks and regards.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    FN+F5 is not the refresh function.

    Most browsers use <ctl> F5.

    Secondly, Mac has historically not used the function keys for anything and left those for applications to define.

    Third, the FN+* sequence is usually a hardware control, not software, eg
    on my dell, FN+F2 toggles the wifi on/off.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

  4. thehacker

    thehacker TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 116

    First of all, thanks for the reply Jobeard.

    There are 2 things here:

    1. What Fn + * combination should do, varies from one manufacturer to other. Even on dell laptops that you are talking about, on some models, Fn + * combination may act as a hardware switch like turning on/off Wifi, whereas on some other models Fn activates the Function keys (F1-F12) and on these models Functions keys alone act as hardware switches(without Fn being pressed). But on Mac, there is a setting by which we can toggle the function of Fn key.

    2. I have tried many things, but still can't refresh the page using a key combo.

    Any further help would be greatly appreciated.

  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Google Chrome on Windows will refresh the page with F5 or <ctl> F5.

    On our Mac, we have Safari & Firefox, but not Chrome so I cant verify your environment
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    I too, am one of the few Mac users on this site. But, lol, I don't have Chrome on my MBP to test with. F5, by default, dims the backlight on my keyboard, Fn+F5 though does indeed refresh the page in Opera. (lol, I'm an Opera and a Mac user, that really limits my 'similar user base').
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    And that variation (imo) confirms that the application defines the Fn key usage - - every browser can be different :)
  8. thehacker

    thehacker TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 116

    Thank you everyone !!
    It seems like there is no other keyboard shortcut to refresh page in Chrome other than Command + R.

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