Bug 46295 - function key keyboard short cuts not available as they are intercepted by OS before the application can react
Summary: function key keyboard short cuts not available as they are intercepted by OS ...
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.0 release
Hardware: PowerPC macOS (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-19 11:16 UTC by micrond
Modified: 2015-09-17 00:38 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description micrond 2012-02-19 11:16:41 UTC
Some keyboard short cuts are intecepted by Mac OS before the application. I use an Apple full-size USB keyboard on Mac OS X 10.5. 

Function keys like F9, F10 and F11 are intercepted by Exposé, cmd-F5 is used by Voice Over, etc. 
These keyboard combination should be mapped to other combinaisons.

This behavior may depend on the keyboard as the new bluetooth ones have a distinct Fn key to differentiate Function keys and OS functions.
Comment 1 sasha.libreoffice 2012-05-21 09:06:10 UTC
Thanks for bugreport
Use Tools->Customize (or something similar on MacOS X) to remap shortcuts
Comment 2 Roman Eisele 2012-08-28 12:57:46 UTC
IMHO this is not a LibreOffice bug but just a feature (you may call it a bad feature) of the newer MacOS X versions (IIRC, Apple changed the default behaviour in function keys in MacOS X 10.4 or so ..., adding the interception of most function keys by the OS).

Therefore we can’t “fix“ this in LibreOffice. Instead, please use System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts (or similar, this depends on the MacOS version) to change the default meaning of the keyboard shortcuts and F-keys. If you disable the use of F9, F10, etc. by any other functions (like Exposé etc.), LibreOffice should be notified again about that these keys were pressed.

Anyway, this is a general MacOS issue, not specific to LibreOffice. Therefore, if you have further questions, please consult some Apple service or expert.

I am sorry that we can’t help you more, but this is just the truth. Thank you very much!
Comment 3 MarjaE 2015-09-17 00:38:14 UTC
This breaks many LibreOffice functions in Mac OS X. For example, in LibreOffice, duplication now requires shift+f3, which doesn't work, instead of command+d, which worked.