You have to work on PC but you do not want to separate from your Mac keyboard? With this tutorial, learn how to combine the two.
Known for its fluidity, design and quick typing, the Mac keyboard is very pleasant to use, and once you have tasted the lightness of its keys it is difficult to do without.
If in everyday life you are used to typing on Mac but at work you are on Windows, know that it is quite possible to connect or connect an Apple keyboard to a PC.
However, the standard Mac keyboard is a little different from the one usually provided with a Windows and its use is singular depending on the operating system used. The key mapping is varied, making the typing experience sometimes complex.
Does an Apple keyboard work on PC?
Apple keyboards work perfectly on any computer or operating system. Most models, like the Magic Keyboard , connect either via Bluetooth or via a USB cable, not requiring the installation of particular software.
PC and Mac keyboards work almost the same, with the exception of some differences in the layout and name of their commands.
The first, and most obvious, is the absence of the Windows key on Mac, the one that corresponds to it is CMD (for order).
The Apple keyboard has two Option keys for Alt and Alt GR in Windows. Then, to use the GR Alt function , hold down Option and Ctrl simultaneously.
For the Delete and Backspace keys , the smallest Mac keyboards only have the Backspace command . In this case, to erase the characters to the right press the Ctrl and D keys simultaneously. If you have a large keyboard then press the key below fn .
There is no impr. screen on the Mac keyboard, so to make a screenshot you will need to use the Screen Capture tool .
Some of the functions can not be used from a Mac keyboard on Windows (Insert, Previous Page, Next Page, Lock Numbers …), but they can be done from the Windows Visual Keyboard application .
To activate it, go to Start , then in Settings , then go to Ergonomics Options . In the left column, select Keyboard and then Activate the visual keyboard .
Customize your keyboard with Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator
Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is a free software, which allows you to customize the keys on your keyboard.
In order to install it, your computer needs to work under Framework.NET , if it is not the case then download it for free here .
Once you have Microsoft Framework and Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator installed, open it:
- Go to File
- Click on Load Existing Keyboard
- In the window that appears, choose an existing keyboard
- Select French
Now, customize it. If you want to change a key then choose the corresponding box, click on it and enter the symbol you want to use instead.
Microsoft has included a Help section, so be sure to take a look at it if you want to get the most out of the application.