New mac mini, could i start it up with wireless Microsoft keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by desireek, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. desireek macrumors member

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    Hi.

    I have plan to buy the new low cost Mac mini to my mother.
    Would it be ok to use it with a wireless keyboard and mouse from a Windows computer?

    Is it something i need to install first or could i start it up with wireless Windows keyboard?

    Just wonder if it would work or if i need to order a Apple keyboard and mouse also?

    Thanks for reply :)
     
  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    One of the attractions for the Mac mini is that you can use almost any wireless keyboard and mouse with it. When I bought my Mac mini all I had was a wireless generic keyboard and a wireless HP mouse.. and they worked fine.
     
  3. desireek thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you, thats great.

    What about the cmd bottom? What would be cmd on a Windows keyboard?
     
  4. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you are used to using an Apple Keyboard, and don't read what is printed on the Command and Option keys.

    You can always go to System Preferences/Keyboard/Modifier Keys and swap the Command and Option keys.

    This will give you a normal Apple feel to these keys.

    However, note that the swap only occurs "after" login.

    So if you need to use a startup key sequence to repair your Mac, you'd need to use the "unswapped" version of the keyboard. Otherwise you'll be saying I can never boot into single user mode with a Microsoft keyboard ... works for me if I use the unswapped key placement.
     

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