Is it possible to change the keys on the 2016 Pro?

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  1. andpgud macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys. I bought my macbook while travelling and because I got a good deal. Now I was wondering if it is possible to change some of they keys since I have Icelandic letters in Iceland.

    What options are our there for me?
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Could you ask your local apple reseller? They may have access to the parts?
     
  3. andpgud thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did and didnt get any other answer than I should have bought it at their place
     
  4. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Different keyboard requires a completely different case. But you can always remap keys with software like Karabiner-Elements.
     
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    Karabiner works great

     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Well you made a choice to buy now you have 2 options live with it or sell it.
     
  8. McBeresford macrumors regular

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    Yes. Yes you can.


    You will soon be able to buy replacement keys from third party sites. The keys are surprisingly easy to take off and put back on, if you are cautious.

    You can then reinstall macOS and tell it that you want to use Icelandic keys. Or get a key mapping app.

    So no you aren't screwed just need to be patient.
     
  9. faxe macrumors newbie

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    or just change the keyboard layout in system settings.

     
  10. McBeresford macrumors regular

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    True. Though it does sound like physical keyboard changes are needed.
     
  11. andpgud thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will just have to wait for the keys. Should not be that much of a hassle. After all I saved me a 1/3 of the price
     
  12. McBeresford macrumors regular

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    Good for you. These keys are fragile, but easy to remove. Use a guitar pick and pop them off from the top of the key (above the letter).
    To reattach, study the mechanism on the actual key. It slides in/down before popping in on the top.
     
  13. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    I am not familiar with the new keyboard, but I have removed the keys on the old keyboards numerous times (kids with sticky fingers), and it was pretty easy. I think the spacebar and tab where a little different with a piece of metal bar.

    And thumbs up for saving 1/3 the price!!
     
  14. McBeresford macrumors regular

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    They are actually completely different, believe it or not!
     
  15. rutrack macrumors member

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    I'm pretty sure you can do laser engraving on the current keys, so don't even need to replace it.
     
  16. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Aaaaaaagh, my eyes! lol
     
  18. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    And you can kiss the resale value of your Macbook goodbye!
     
  19. Gesturthor macrumors member

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    Go to Systempref/keyboard/input sources and add the English keyboard. also check the box that says Show input menu in menu bar. have the keyboard visual on the screen while you map out where the letters are, after few days, weeks you wont look at the keyboard when you write. Alternatively go to vaktin.is and ask them where it is best to buy icelandic stickers.


    mbkv. Gestur
     
  20. monstermac77 macrumors regular

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    Thanks very much for this tip.

    Because I type in Dvorak, I was planning on trying to physically re-arrange the keys on my 2016 Macbook Pro once I gathered the courage. It's not a pressing issue because I touch type, but certain special characters can be a pain and one-handed typing (like while holding something) is very difficult when the physical keyboard doesn't match the layout.
     
  21. McBeresford macrumors regular

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    If you need further help just holler. I pulled several off and replaced them to clean. You have to be very cautious because there is a thin filter film over each LED. Once the film is ripped, the key gets super bright and you can't fix it.
     

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