Picture of UK keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Finally64bit, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Finally64bit macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006

    I'm finally making the switch. Waited for the macbook pro to go 64 bit. But I still have one concern.

    I'm living in the UK right now and I realize its much more expensive to buy a Mac here but I have no choice. I'm from Canada and use to the US. English keyboards. Apple won't let me order one here with the US keyboard and to have it installed after is £80.

    Can someone post a nice picture of the UK keyboard? I just want to compare to see if it really is that different. I know its only a few keys that are different then the US Keyboard. But if I'm paying this much for a laptop I want to enjoy it. Being a touch typiest I can see this driving me mad.

    Thanks :)
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    From Keyboard Viewer›


    With Shift

    With Option

    With Shift & Option

    Only major differences are the position of \ (we get an extra key next to Return) and that £ and # are swapped in regard to which key you hold down to get them. However, you can stick lots of different keyboard layouts on the menu bar using the International System Prefs panel, and click between the layouts instantly with only one mouse movement. So if you do want the North American one, it's really easy to just change it.
  3. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
    Uk Keyboard

    Hey there,

    I am a Canadian writer living in London. I am using a UK MacBook Pro and I assure you, you will be fine with the keyboard. The only major difference is that the return key is considerably smaller. But this takes a few minutes to get used to. Yes, there is also the dedicated £ key, but right next to it is a $ should you need it.
    You will have no problems!
  4. Finally64bit thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006
    Thanks so much for the help. I was really worried as I am going to be using it for software development. Almost all the other laptops I've looked at change all the symbols around.

    I guess I'll get used to the enter key. But other then that I think I'll manage.

    Thanks again!
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I am an American living in Manchester and I bought my iBook in the States before coming over. I have used many of the UK keyboards though because of the comptuers at Uni, and they are ok. The other big difference (besides the return key) was the @ symbol is where the " is and vice versa. This one still screws me up.

    But if it is £80 to get a US keyboard installed then I would stick with the UK keyboard. It isn't life shattering differences (but it is slightly odd).
  6. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    I know what you mean. The UK Windows layout has a lot more differences between it and the Windows layout in the USA than the Mac layouts do. I always struggle finding things like the @ key when I use Windows over here :p
  7. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    You can always work with an external keyboard if you're not going portable at that time.
  8. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    I had a US MBP Rev A. The main difference is the smaller Enter key on the UK layout due to an additional key squeezed in. The usual Windows " and @ problem doesn't exist on Macs. The only difference was with £ and #.

    I actually prefer the US keyboard for the bigger enter key. The keymarking is different - the US has Option, Alt, Shift etc written on the keys, the UK has symbols.
  9. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    I bought m MacBook in Manchester (UK) and the only thing I had to get used to were a few different keys. I.e., the @ being Shift + 2 instead of Shift + '. Also, the backslash and line key (\ |) is swapped with the ( ` + ~) key. So the (`+~) key is next to "z" and the backslash is next to the (' and ") key, and return. :)
  10. Mookamoo macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    The only difference is the UK keyboard spells 'centre' and 'colour' correctly......

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