Quick Keyboard Question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Chromus, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Chromus macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    I've been looking at picking up a new keyboard, but I was wondering if I could use a keyboard with a Windows layout and still benefit from the Command shortcuts (Cmd + Q, etc). Thanks for the help!
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
  3. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    Yes. To expand on the previous poster, the way it usually works by default is that PC Alt corresponds to Mac Option/alt, the Windows key becomes Cmd, and Ctrl remains the same. (The menu key has no function.) Thus, the keys remain as closely labeled to their Mac counterparts as possible--but the Cmd and Option keys are switched in position.

    You can change any of these settings in System Preferences. It used to be a machine-wide setting, but I think it's smart enough now (some post-10.4 version, IIRC) to remember individual keyboards (or at least internal-vs-external) now. When I used a PC keyboard, I always did so to keep Cmd next to the space bar like I expected.
  4. Chromus thread starter macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    Awesome, thanks for the replies! I figured it would work, but just thought I would make sure first. ;)

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