How to make F4 --or another function key or keystroke combination-- open/close Calcul

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 I tried using Automator to program F4 to launch Calculator. 
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    How to make F4 --or another function key or keystroke combination-- open/close Calcul

    Hi!

    I tried using Automator to program F4 to launch Calculator.

    But it works erratically:
    F4 works to launch Calculator in:
    Preview
    Calendar
    Dictionary
    Safari
    Photos
    Microsoft Word for Mac 2016
    Microsoft Excel for Mac 2016

    In some of the above apps tapping F4 as soon as I opened
    the app did not work the first time to launch Calculator.
    I had to first mouseclick my "Launch Calculator F4" service, Calculator would launch,
    then I'd quit it, and then F4 worked to launch Calculator by just pressing F4.

    However . . . F4 does NOT work to launch Calculator in these apps:
    CONTACTS
    TEXTEDIT
    MESSAGES
    I get a "bonk" sound when I press F4.
    My created "Launch Calculator F4" is under Services and when I mouseclick it Calculator launches.

    F4 also does NOT work to launch calculator in FIREFOX (v83.0)(64-bit):
    . . . But this is different:
    When I press F4 the FireFox name in the FF menu bar flashes white letters on a blue rectangular
    [INDENT]background and does NOT launch Calculator.
    However, my created "Launch Calculator F4" is listed under Services and when
    I mouseclick it Calculator launches.

    I use FireFox as my browser.

    I would like to know how make F4 --or another function key or keystroke combination--
    work in Firefox as well as in ALL Mac apps to open and close Calculator.

    Please advise!
    Thanks!

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