Would you like to know how to easily improve your display and sound settings?
The aptly named “option” key (the one with the ⌥ symbol) provides several options when combined with particular F keys. For example, ⌥F1 brings up the Display window of the System Settings. This is because F1 is the ‘decrease brightness’ key. Similarly, F2. is the ‘increase brightness’ key and like the F1 key, when combined with the ⌥ key, brings up the system’s display settings.
Options for Sound Effects, Output and Input
On the top-right region of the keyboard are the volume settings, F11, F12, and F13. Using the ⌥ key with any of these will provide instant access to the Sound panel of the System Settings. There you can adjust your mic’s input volume, or adjust the volume of your alerts.
Grasshopper to Mission Control
Mission Control is great for quickly and easily getting an overview of and access to all your open windows, your Dashboard, and all your open applications. Customising your Mission Control settings to your own choice of key triggers is just as easy.
Use the ⌥F3 or ⌥F4 keyboard combination to bring up the Mission Control settings. From here you can set what key combinations you prefer for accessing things like Mission Control, open Applications, showing Desktop or Dashboard and also for setting the Hot Corner triggers for your mouse.
Young Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see?
Young Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness must be worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: [looking down, sees the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?
The five colours blind the eye. The five notes deafen the ear.
– Chapter 12, Tao Te Ching.