Windows keyboard mapping in OSX ?

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  1. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

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    Hello,
    I'm using a windows keyboard with my macbook pro but OSX considers it as an Apple Keyboard so some symbols are not on the right place.

    Is there a way to select another keyboard type ? I've googled for this and found only topics with some advanced keyboard remapping. :(

    Tex
     
  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Just go to the Keyboard pref pane and click on "Modifier Keys...". You can also try "Change Keyboard Type..."
     
  3. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    but the "Change Keyboard Type...", once it "identified' my keyboard, doesn't give me the possibility to specify which keyboard I have. It says only ISO European Macintosh Keyboard. I have a German Windows keyboard which has a different layout that the German Mac keyboard.
     

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  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Do you need to change the whole layout, or just the layout of the modifier keys? If you need to change the whole layout, I'd simply recommend getting a different keyboard as that will likely be easier.
     
  5. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The modifier keys are fine. All the letters as well. Just some special characters like { } @ [ ] are on a different place.

    I can get used to it but it's still a bit annoying.
     
  6. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, unfortunately your best bet will be to get a new keyboard. You might search the manufacturer's website to see if they have a Mac driver but I imagine that would be unlikely.
     
  7. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I bought an Apple USB keyboard with a numpad (German Layout) and guess what ... special characters like } { ]| [ are not printed on the keyboard !

    I'm a developer and I use those sign often :mad: Do you guys have those signs printed on UK/US keyboards ? This is super annoying.

    cheers,
    Tex
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yep.

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  9. simsaladimbamba

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    { - option+8
    } - option+9
    ˜ - option+shift+8
    [ - option+5
    ] - option+6
     
  10. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    thanks but I'd like to actually see them on the keyboard :)
    ok. I will return in and get a US layout as on my MBP.

    cheers,
    Tex
     
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  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't help at all!...... unless you post a link to the User's Manual that goes with it! :D
     
  13. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    :) that's another solution but I prefer getting a US keyboard
     
  14. Tex-Twil thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So I bought an Apple Keyboard (English Internation) and all keys work fine .... except one :mad: When I hit ****+3 I get an "£" but the keyboard sign is a "#"

    In the Input Sources in the preferences, I see that a "British" keyboard is checked. Which keyboard am I supposed to choose there ?!
     
  15. LordDeath macrumors member

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    Just digging out this old thread as I have the same issue.

    Why isn't it possible to support non Macintosh keyboard layouts in OS X? I have a new mechanical keyboard with the German QWERTZ ISO layout and the letters are recognized correctly but the symbols are on the wrong place just as Tex-Twil described it.

    Is it possible to set the keyboard layout without this "Keyboard Setup Assistant"? I am just looking for a long list of all layouts so I can pick the right one out.
     

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