Using Mac Special Feature Keys

Part of the Macs All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Newer Macs feature keyboards with a row of dedicated special feature keys marked with descriptive icons that also double as function (Fn) keys. For instance, the fifth key from the left is the one you press to open Launchpad, which displays all the applications on your Mac. Some special feature keys evoke a second special feature when you hold down the Fn key and then press the special feature key.

From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences and then click the Keyboard icon to find all the default key command shortcuts (under the Shortcuts tab), turn on those you want to use, and then edit the key combinations to something easier for you.

Here are five Mac special feature keys you can press to help you work with and switch between multiple Mac application windows you’re running at the same time.

Keystroke Command
Mission Control (F3) Displays Mission Control, which lets you switch between multiple desktops.
Command+Tab Displays icons of all running applications.
Fn+Volume Down (F11) Hides all windows to show the Desktop.
Launchpad (F4) Displays Launchpad and all the applications on your Mac.
Fn+Volume Up (F12) Displays Dashboard.
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