Mac OSX: ‘Cannot Send F11 Keystroke’

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I was building some HP blade servers today via iLO, and while trying to install ESX, I reached this stage;

HP Send F11

Pressing F11 on a mac just increases the volume, and with the other function keys (F1 to F10) you simply press ‘fn’ and the appropriate F key, and it works properly. But not on a mac, ‘Fn+F11’ just shows you your desktop.

Even changing function keys in the keyboard settings has no effect!


System Preferences > Mission Control.

Mission control Settings Mac OSX

Change ‘Show Desktop’ to another key (in this case F13).

Problem solved!

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. Very helpful for a mac user in the exact same situation! Thanks.

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