How to Reverse Function Keys on Mac in macOS Sonoma

After updating your Mac to macOS Sonoma, if you have noticed that your function keys have reversed – behaving weirdly, you are not alone. This has been a frustrating issue for a good many Mac users – including me. Thankfully, there is a built-in way to reverse the function keys on Mac in macOS Sonoma or later. And that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about in this hands-on guide. Keep reading to…

Reverse Function Keys on Mac in macOS Sonoma or Later

While using my Mac, I tried to fine-tune the brightness using the familiar F1 or F2 keys only to figure out that the keys could do nothing. What further infuriated me was the fact that pressing the F10, F11, or F12 keys also failed to adjust the audio level. Annoyed by this sudden behavior of the function keys, I decided to fix the issue or find a way to make these keys work again. 

A little bit of digging helped me discover a toggle that reverses the function keys on Mac.

  • To get started, click on the Apple menu located at the upper left corner of the screen.
  •  When the drop-down menu pops out, select the “System Settings” option. 
Choose System Settings
  • In the sidebar, scroll down and choose “Keyboard”.
  • After that, click on the “Keyboard Shortcuts” button to proceed. 
Choose Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Next, choose the “Function Keys” option in the sidebar.
  • Next up, enable or disable the toggle next to “Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” depending on your needs.
  • Finally, make sure to click on “Done” to confirm the changes and you are good to go!
Reverse function keys on Mac

Note that activating this setting will reverse the current function of the keys.

For example, when this toggle is enabled, the brightness, volume, etc keys will not work unless the FN key is pressed at the same time. If you disable this toggle, the F1, F2, and F3 keys will start working as F keys. But the brightness and volume buttons will refuse to work unless the FN key is pressed at the same time. So, keep these important things in mind while dealing with the function keys on your Mac. 

From a user experience perspective, this is a bad implementation. Hopefully, Apple will get it right sooner rather than later. Enough talk, feel free to share your invaluable thoughts about this macOS guide and whether or not you have found it helpful.

Read more: How to Shazam Music From Your Mac’s Menu Bar in macOS Sonoma

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