I recently switched my whole system to Mac OSX (Snow Leopard 10.6) from Windows 7. Now I've installed WoW and imported my old configs/addons without any problems, besides that my keybindings from F1 to F7 are completely overriden by some Mac functions like brightness/sound/keyboard backlight etc.

How can I use my F-Keys in games?

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    I feel this question really belongs on Ask Different - it seems to have much more to do with Apple than with gaming.
    – Steve V.
    Aug 29, 2012 at 2:34
  • The origin of my question was related to WoW only, because I thought this was WoW specific keybindings. But it turns out to be more general configuration, so my question was edited. Nevertheless I think it suits here quite well, when some is wondering why their keys in games doesn't work.
    – Rito
    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:23

3 Answers 3


The option you want is in the Keyboard pane of your System Preferences:


Unfortunately this applies to all applications, not just WoW, which is kind of a pain because almost no other Mac OS X apps use the function keys for anything.

  • I'm sure there's a way to get quicksilver to turn that on and off with a few key-presses. Mar 13, 2011 at 18:39
  • You can try FNable (fnable.com). It will toggle this setting automatically based on the frontmost application.
    – Karsten
    Jul 26, 2017 at 8:41

Use Option + Function-Key for the F1-F10 on Mac OS X.

  • It should be <kbd>Option</kbd>, not ALT.
    – CyberSkull
    Aug 21, 2012 at 22:56
  • The option key has "alt" printed on it (on most recent Macs)
    – Steven Lu
    May 26, 2013 at 2:03

For me it is fn + shift in Mac OS X v10.6.8.

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