USA V UK keyboard Layout

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  1. marknicholls macrumors 6502

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    Hey

    I am considering buying a bluetooth keyboard from ebay.com as it is way cheaper.

    Can anyone tell me if the layout of the keys is different on a US keyboard from a UK one?

    Many Thanks
     
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a

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    If you are speak English then i am awfully sure it is the same. Don't hold me on it though... You should contact the seller - or review the pictures and compare them with your standard keyboard.


    kyle
     
  3. iJoe macrumors member

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    punctuation characters etc are in differenct places, IIRC. Plus there is no pound sign on the US Keyboard.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So do you Britons have a Euro sign key on your keyboard nowadays? We don't have one of those either -- meaning you have to get to it by some key combo that is not listed on the keycaps....
     
  5. JLS macrumors 6502

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    Yes - I have € right to hand..

    Dont forget the @ and " symbols are the other way round too - (as in american keyboards have the @ on the 2 not ' ).
     
  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    We're not in the Euro...yet! :eek:

    I think there is probably a key combo for it, but it's not printed on the keyboard :D
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    :eek: Where'd you find that!? :confused:
     
  8. VincentVega macrumors regular

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  9. caveman_uk Guest

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    On my G3 ibook 800Mhz the € is next to the @ on the '2' key - go on try alt-2

    Just don't tell kettle ;)
     
  10. marknicholls thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just saw the pic....the main downfull is no £ sign, is there anyway the $ sign can be configured to be a £ sign?

    Thanks
     
  11. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    *cough* um...have I ever mentioned I can suffer from temporary blindness from time to time? :eek:
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Probably...also you can get a pound sign on a US keyboard by ALT-3 ... see: £. :D

    I think there's a way for the Euro too but I don't know it offhand...oooh, there it is. It's ALT-SHIFT-2 = €
     
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  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Not if you're looking at a UK keyboard it ain't.
     
  15. Freg3000 macrumors 68000

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    Much better. I also prefer "Apple" to "Command", but alt is just a no no.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Hey! It says Alt right on top of the key! :p

    Okay, okay, okay, OPTION-3 for the UK Pound and OPTION-SHIFT-2 for the Euro.... Forgive me Father, it has been one year since I last switched. :D

    Oooh, so what does the Option/Alt key say on it on a UK keyboard?
     
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  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ahhh, so you're the buggers who have that Option symbol on your keyboards still. ;) I hadn't seen one of those on a keyboard in a long time. It's a good thing I used Pre-X versions of MacOS before I switched! :D
     
  19. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Wait, scratch that :D
     

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  20. caveman_uk Guest

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    When I first got a mac all the websites were going 'option this' and 'option that'....I thought 'What bloody option are they on about????' As edesign's picture shows WE DON'T HAVE 'OPTION' ON OUR KEYBOARDS!!! It's 'alt' and a stupid squiggle
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oooh, edesign, I'm sorry. I have a coverlet on my keyboard so I don't actually see the keys that often...I found this oddity on my keyboard too :D

    [​IMG]
     
  22. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    LOL, jolly good show old chap! :D Though you could have put a bit more effort in to your photoshop job :D :p

    edit: $ is getting pwnd by the £ & the € :p
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Alas, if only I *had* photoshop... :(

    Ahh, Christmas holidays are the bestest. :D
     
  24. gotohamish macrumors 65816

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    key size

    the uk keyboard has a larger 'return' key, which I prefer.
     

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