Keyboard symbols are in the wrong place?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Macbookprouser24, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. Macbookprouser24 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2015
    Hey guys,

    I have a question for you, I've searched Google for 2 days now and nothing seems to cut it.
    My keyboard symbols are not the way they're suppose to be. I have a Macbook Pro 2011, and I love it. The symbols I have on my keyboard are shown this way (from 1 to 0 holding my shift key): !@#$%^&*()

    This means that a shift-6 gives me a ^ instead of a &. So the input is set up well, but the symbols aren't shown the right way on my keyboard itself. I think this keyboard is from a different language.
    I am dutch, and I have my keyboard set up for Dutch. Though I have tried British, English US and some others, there seems like no other keyboard is physically set up like mine.

    Any ideas?? Help would be really appreciated!

    Dutch guy
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    I may be confused. But what you described is how it is suppose to be.
  3. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    If you are saying that pressing shift+6 produces ^, that is the proper shift+6 symbol for standard European and American keyboards. If the 6 key keycap has a & for the symbol, you could have a Japanese or German keyboard layout.

    If you google apple keyboard layouts and look at the images, you'll probably find your exact keyboard.
  4. Macbookprouser24 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2015
    Thanks for the responds!

    Like my message said, the problem is not that it doesn't produce the wrong symbols, but the symbols seem to be in a different place on my keyboard.

    Beside the 6 being a '&' symbol instead of a '^', I noticed something else. On the far right next to the Shift key, it has one key with a '?' symbol, and a '+' symbol. I have looked through all the different keyboard layouts, and not one seems to match with it. Either the '^' symbol doesn't match, or the question mark and plus symbol are not in the right place. I really start to wonder what kind of keyboard this is, what kind of Macbook this is, for that matter.
  5. Macbookprouser24 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2015
    I hope this is clear enough

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  6. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    That is kind of awesome. You can use Karabiner (and/or Seil) to remap the keys if you need to.

    I’d use it as-is just for the novelty though.
  7. drambuie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2010
    That's interesting. The number row is identical to the Swedish keyboard number row, including the far left key and the 2 key with the " and the @. The only difference is that the ?/+ key is next to the 0 key where it belongs and the dash/underscore is next to the right shift. Someone may have swapped those keys to put the dashes in the usual place next to the 0.

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