Apple Aluminum Keyboard Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by simplymuzik3, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    Hi, Im looking on ebay to buy an apple aluminum wired keyboard. I found one of the new "short" ones, without the keypad. It's the mini wired one. However, the keyboard is a french one, but it's still QWERTY. My question is:

    If I buy the keyboard, and plug it into my mac, can I use it as an english keyboard? There are some weird symbols on it, and when i press them, would they do the same thing they do on the english version(keys look different because one's french, the other english). Is there any way to make the keyboard act like an english one? I dont mind if the actual symbol on the key is different, i know my way around the kb. I just need to know if you can make OSX think its an english keyboard. The bid ends tomorrow, so I would really appreciate it, if I could get some responses soon. Thanks!
  2. hatehereyes macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2008
    Moreno Valley, Ca
    I'm not sure about this but I would think it was in the OS.
    So it should work as an english keyboard.
    That's just what I think though so don't take my word for it.

    but which makes sense more is, why don't you just look for an English keyboard instead of going through the hassle if it doesn't work?
  3. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    the english keyboards are about 4x more expensive. I found the french one for 10$ including shipping.
  4. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    French keyboards are AZERTY. Perhaps that's a French-Canadian keyboard
  5. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    yeah it's a french canadian QWERTY keyboard. I live in canada, and so is the seller. I only speak english, so I would need the keyboard to act as if it was the english version. Anyone else with their thoughts?
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    It ought to work like an English one, but why not just buy an English one and save the hassle?
  7. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    cost. the english one is about 4x as much. and im not going to pay $50 +tax for a keyboard.
  8. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    It will be fine, you just change system prefs/international/input menu to whatever you want and it will treat the keyboard like that. I bought my PowerBook in the states and used it in the UK like this so I had a £ sign above the number 3. You can try it now by changing the keyboard you are using now to a French one for example.
  9. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2009
    Thank you so much!!! I tried switching my english to french, and it worked perfectly! Thanks a whole bunch! :) You just saved me a lot of money!!! Thanks!

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