Change US keyboard to UK? uMBP

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  1. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    I know tht the shapes (enter) etc is different, but can I change it to have the £ sign and stuff? Plus will I have to change the software?
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  3. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah :)
     
  4. JonBorichef macrumors regular

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    I don't know if its possible to change the actual keys, but when you order a keyboard online you can have it in about 6 different languages.
     
  5. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    Software wise you'll just have to change the region to UK, physically it'd just be the same as paying for a Keyboard replacement.
     
  6. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's cheaper from the US store than UK, but the US english keyboard does not have a £ sign etc
     
  7. JonBorichef macrumors regular

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    It would be much cheaper to switch the language in you System Preferences and maybe buy some stickers to put on your keys? :D
     
  8. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do eBay sell replacement keys?
     
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  10. akramer macrumors member

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    Is your concern being able to type a £ without having to fiddle with modifier keys, or do you actually care if they keyboard layout is correct?

    A UK keyboard has the another key to the left of the 'z' key, which I think is truly horrible, but whatever floats your boat... You will not be able to put a keyboard with a different physical layout in a US MBP inexpensively - you'll have to replace the top of the case as well as the keyboard.

    If you just want to be able to type the £ symbol easily, yes, you can do that with a US keyboard. Go into system preferences->Language & Text, Input Sources tab, and choose British instead of US. This will make shift-3 (the # character on US keyboards) print out £.

    This does *not* change the location of the \ or ~ keys, so if you really want a UK keyboard (why you would is beyond me, that layout is an abomination) you'll be pretty unhappy with a US layout.

    Here's the abomination that is an Apple UK layout: (picture found in a post by TheBritshBloke) http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/4319/dscf2198c.jpg
     
  11. apple.gr macrumors regular

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    The funniest part is that my Greek MacBook Pro keyboard has a $ button but not a € button.
     
  12. Reapur macrumors regular

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    You could always buy the UK model of the Apple Wireless Keyboard if you are really in a pinch to type the UK symbols. Id honestly forget about it.
     
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    That's also an option. Or even a wired one, which is cheaper. ;)
     
  14. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

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    It is very very difficult to change the keys, but that's not your only problem. THe layout is slightly different, so you'd have to find a way to cut an extra hole in the computer. Just use an American keyboard. 'merica, **** yeah!
     
  15. Reapur macrumors regular

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    Cutting holes in a MBP... dont even get me started.

    Essentially you have to replace the entire "topcase" which is literally the entire chasis (body) of the computer. If it really really bothers you sell the damn computer to someone not so picky and get one with a UK layout and be done with it. The entire concept of this thread is ridiculous, you obviously knew you were buying a US layout and if you didn't then thats a whole different problem.
     

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