Sharing Apple wireless keyboard and magic trackpad between Mac and Windows computers?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by alexjholland, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.
    Hey, my home office has a 22" LCD monitor at the centre, with my Macbook on the left and Windows laptop (for office work) on the right; both connected in via DVI and HDMI respectively - so I can have both laptops on at once and switch between which is dual-screened onto the LCD monitor.

    Currently I have two keyboards and mice, which I have to switch between, which is a bit of a pain.

    Sharing between the two and having a nifty way of switching quickly would really finish my setup off nicely, in terms of efficiency and being neat.

    Naturally I like the Apple wireless keyboard and magic trackpad, which I already enjoy on my iMac.

    Is there a way of sharing these with my Windows laptop and being able to switch in a breeze?

    Here is a link to an article which shows part of the solution, in that it shows how to switch the magic trackpad between two macs:

    The alternative, second-choice solution, is to use my Logitech mac keyboard/mouse for both devices, with a keyboard/mouse switcher - which I think is pretty straightforward?

    Your thoughts and experiences would be appreciated.

  2. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)
    Use the Logitech kwybaord for Mac and iOS. It allows one button change between computers.

    Works fine on Windows, you just need to remember the Apple key is the Windows key.

    In use this at home very effectively.
  3. alexjholland thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2011
    Bali, Cambridge, Sydney.. anywhere.
    I saw this earlier, but it didn't mention PCs.. I'm assuming that as long as a PC has bluetooth, it will work with it just as well?

    That's great and would get me half-way there; what about a mouse though?


    Hmm, this one too maybe? I could pair the Logitech keyboard and this mouse, both via bluetooth, then switch by flicking a button on each?
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    To my knowledge, there currently isn't a bluetooth mouse out there that can be paired to more than 1 machine at a time.

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