Regular keyboard with OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by doadam, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. doadam macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013

    I don't like the Apple Wireless Keyboard, I had lots of pain in the ass solving the Caps Lock delay and I decided that apart from the Caps Lock "feature", it's also very small for me and I'd prefer a larger keyboard.

    Is it possible to use a regular keyboard on my Mac? How are the cmd and the other special keys remapped when using a regular keyboard?

  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    Yes a regular keyboard works just fine. All of the keys work like normal, including F keys. The Windows key on a regular keyboard becomes Command if I remember correctly.
  3. doadam thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013
    Great, thanks!
    Is there an option to remap it? (using System Preferences)
  4. Djtrackie macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    yeah u can remap it in system preferences.

    I use a microsoft ergonomic keyboard with my Mac all the time. I remapped to Command and Option button to match the mac's keyboard's relative location. Basically i swapped the two buttons
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I use a Logitech S530 keyboard, but still use the Magic Mouse...The keyboard is better laid out, and the response of the key's is also way better than the Apple wired KB. I can't use the BT Apple offering either as the keys are too close together for my liking.
  6. puelocesar macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Hi! Does the Logitech S530 still working fine on Yosemite - El Capitan? I'm planing to buy a keyboard to my Macbook Pro, and this model is the only one I found on my country
  7. cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Besides system preferences, you can also use Karabiner, available for free at
    It can map all sorts of crazy things, for example map the function keys to make it exactly like the Apple keyboard (like F3 - mission control, F8 - play iTunes, etc.)
  8. yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007
  9. sibcc macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2015
    La Jolla CA
    Karabiner is the program I use to remap my IBM Model Ms for use with my Macs. They're PS/2, lack a "windows" key, and are pushing 30 years old. The PS/2 problem is fortunately solved by an active converter and I remap the left Control key to the Command key and Control remaps to right Alt. I prefer Model Ms even to the above mentioned Das Keyboard.

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