How To Buy French Canadian Keyboard

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CodeAndBunny, May 6, 2008.

  1. CodeAndBunny macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2008
    Hi Everyone,

    I am an American living in France and I would like to buy a French Canadian keyboard, as it's closer to the original QWERTY US layout. I called the Mac 1 800 number, but someone in Ireland picked up and said in so many words that he has no idea of what I should do.

    Does anyone know how I can buy a French Canadian wireless keyboard and have it shipped to France? :confused:
  2. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    Wouldn't a UK keyboard suffice? Or is a French Canadian keyboard closer still to a US keyboard layout?
  3. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
    I guess the canadian qwerty has some characters needed for typing french on it.
    Isn't there a way to get the part number on the Canadian online apple store and then call back to your local apple dealer with that number ?
  4. finalcut macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    French canadian keyboard has all the accents éèâ, etc
    Did you try on ? Maybe they ship in Europe.
  5. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    I actually went as far as to add the keyboard to my shopping basket and attempt to checkout. Didn't work, the site only accepts Canadian shipping and billing addresses.

    If the OP wants an easy way to type accents, then he could just switch the keyboard layout in the System Preferences to Canadian French. It'll still work, even without an actual Canadian keyboard.

    Also, I'm not sure the OP is aware of 'dead keys'. It's very simple to add acute , grave, circumflex and cedilla accents to certain characters:

    grave - option+` then character
    acute - option+e then character
    circumflex - option+i then character
    c with cedilla - option+c
    umlaut - option+u then character
  6. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    I'll have to go with Stomer on this one. Simply add the french-Canadian keyboard to your keyboard setup. I, for example, use a USA keyboard with both the USA and french-Canadian keyboard mappings. Command+Space quickly switches between both layouts.
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Yeah, it's a great short-term solution, but if he's typing in French almost 100% of the time, I'd get annoyed rather quickly with a different keyboard. I can barely type in English on a UK keyboard. It's not very different, but the little things do matter when you do it for a long time.

    Do you want an external keyboard, or do you want one to replace the one you have on a laptop?

    My suggestion is to find a nice, Canadian MacRumours member who has been here a long time, has an avatar, and has thousands of posts, ask him to order a French keyboard for you, give him the money for the keyboard in advance (which requires you to trust a stranger), and have him send it to you. You pay for postage, of course.

    I'd help you if I was in Canada right now.
  8. The Stig macrumors 6502a

    The Stig

    Nov 4, 2006
    On the track
    You could look for one on

    If you can't find one there. You could find a nice person in Canada (we're all nice up here) to buy one for you. Get it shipped to them and then ship it to you. It would take a while while and cost more for shipping but you'd get one.

    The Stig
  9. CodeAndBunny thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2008
    WOW! I didn't think anyone would be able to respond and I wake up to find so many helpful comments and responses here! Yay! And you're right on various points, I could use different dead keys and what have you, but if you type tons in French, it gets annoying after a while. :( The French Canadian keyboard is nearly identical to the US layout and would allow me easy access to accents and what have you.

    And yep, they don't let you order it online if it's not being shipped to/bought from a Canadian address (I have no idea why that is)... I called them and they managed to send it out to me as a courtesy, but only to my US address. I can have it rerouted to France, I guess. :p

    Thanks everyone for your kind input; I appreciate it!

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