Using a mac keyboard with a PC...

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by megatronbomb, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. megatronbomb macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Portland, OR
    How do you use the pause/break key on a PC with a Mac keyboard? I can't seem to figure it out. Thanks!:eek:
  2. splashtech macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2007
    I'm not sure that you can. However you could use a tool like SharpKeys or AutoHotKey to map it for you (a key F13 thru F19 might be a good choice).
  3. megatronbomb thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Oh, great suggestion! Thanks!
  4. ycc2106 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
  5. joelnybeck macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2009
    I had this same problem when I was running very long code in Excel in Bootcamp, and I longed for a Pause/Break key. Needless to say, Bootcamp doesn't map Pause/Break to a MBP keyboard. Nor does my MBP have an F15 key. My solution was splashtech suggested, download AutoHotKey. Once downloaded open AutoHotKey in Notepad (if you can't open it with Notepad find the file in My Computer, Recently Modified Files, etc. and drag it into an open empty Notepad doc). As you can see from their default scripts the key codes before :: correspond to the keys you press to get the result following the ::. Under the 2 scripts they have as default I entered ^F12::^CtrlBreak. ^ being Ctrl and F12... So now I enter Ctrl + F12 for Ctrl Break on any other computer. You can make the hotkey whatever you please. A list of keys can be found here:

    If you're worried about running 3rd party software on you're beloved Mac while in Windows (as I was), this code is open source and virus free. Hope this helps some of you.
  6. spearmintpink macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2010
    Mac Keyboard on PC

    I spent ages trying to figure out how to do print screen on a Mac keyboard attached to a pc. Using the On Screen Keyboard should solve all keyboard problems.
    I'm using Vista it might be slighty different on other OS.To access On Screen Keyboard go to:
    All Programs
    Ease of Access (Might be Accessibility on XP)
    On Screen Keyboard
    Once keyboard is open click Keyboard tab and choose enhanced settings.
    Click shift key to show uppercase keys.
    To print screen. Make sure the On screen keyboard is as as off screen as possible (with just the top row showing) as it will be printed. Press psc.

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