I've been using a Microsoft keyboard with my Mac for quite awhile. I just like how the keys feel better than the keyboards supplied by Apple.
If you have more than one keyboard connected to your Mac, use the dropdown menu to select the keyboard you wish to have the modifier keys remapped on. The keys are reversed from their positions on a normal Mac keyboard. United Kingdom - English. Two other early Apple computers, the Apple IIe and the Apple IIc , also had two such keys, one to the left and one to the right of the space bar; in these models, they mapped to the first two fire buttons of an attached joystick. United States - English. Also please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. Some RF keyboards will work with Macs and others will not.
In fact, I'm dreading the day the Windows keyboard stops working and I have to find another. This model of the keyboard hasn't been made in years. I suppose I'll check out Microsoft, Logitech, and even Apple offerings.
The point is you're not compelled to use an Apple keyboard unless you wish to; any wired USB keyboard, or Bluetooth-based wireless keyboard , will work fine with a Mac. In fact, Apple even sells the Mac Mini without a keyboard or mouse , allowing customers to supply their own.
There's just one little problem with using a non-Apple keyboard: There are at least five keys that may have different names or symbols on a Windows keyboard than they do on a Mac keyboard, which can make it difficult to follow Mac-related instructions. It's there; it just looks a little different.
Here are the five most commonly used special keys on a Mac, and their Windows keyboard equivalents.
Another helpful bit of information for new Mac users is to know which menu key symbols correspond to which keys on the keyboard. The symbols used in the Mac menus can be a bit strange to those new to the Mac, as well as old hands who may be more mousers than keyboard users. The last bit of trouble you may run into depends on which platform you were using before you started using a Windows keyboard with your Mac.
This problem is one of finger memory. Besides Windows and Mac keyboards having slightly different names, they also swap the positions of two often-used modifier keys: Likewise, the Windows keyboard's Alt key is where you expect to find the Mac's Command key.
If you're used to using the modifier keys from your old Mac keyboard, you're likely to run into trouble for a while as you relearn the key locations. Instead of having to relearn key locations, you can use the Keyboard preference pane to reassign the modifier keys, allowing you to keep the fingering skills you already possess.
With the modifier key swap issue resolved, you shouldn't have any problems using any Windows keyboard with your Mac. Posted by Christoph Bartneck on May 5, in Documentation 0 comments. There are some beautiful and useful mechanical keyboards on the market but only a few of them are made for Mac.
Matias Keyboards have a Mac layout and they also sell mechanical keyboards. But their keyboards are not illuminated. Das Keyboard has some Mac models but they also do not come illuminated.
I could not find a Mac layout mechanical keyboard that has not just illuminated keys, but keys for which their colour could be adjusted. Most modern gaming keyboards offer this function.
Or so I thought. I was also able to use Mac OS X system preferences to swap the control, option and command keys back to their natural sequence. That was an easy fix.