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On Mac Use the Windows PC Keyboard by Remapping Command & Option Keys

Well, the Macs can use almost all keyboards that are simply built for Windows PC. If they are USB or Bluetooth, but you probably notice that the layout of some of the accessor keys is different on a Mac keyboard just from the layout of a Windows keyboard. Particularly, the WINDOWS & as well as the ALT key of a Windows keyboard are simply switched compared to the Mac keyboard layout of OPTION/ALT & COMMAND keys. However, this can also lead to erroneous keyboard shortcuts. Or also other unpredicted keys simply press behavior at the time when using a PC keyboard with a Mac.Mac Keyboard

Although a simple solution to this issue is to remap the Windows and ALT key & also the command & option/alt keys on the Windows PC keyboard simply connected to the Mac. Though that the keyboard layouts will mimic confidence which is based on the standard Apple modifier key layout, in spite of what it says on the PC keyboard. However, for most Mac users those who just connect a PC keyboard to their Mac. However, this will also dramatically make better their typing experience though when using a PC keyboard.

Using a Windows PC Keyboard on Mac with Remapped Windows and ALT Keys

However, this trick also works exactly with all Windows & PC keyboard with the standard CTRL / Windows / ALT key layout, & all versions of Mac OS:

    • First of all, you must connect the Windows PC keyboard to the Mac as you normally do, either by USB or Bluetooth
    • Simply pull down the ? Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
    • Tap on “Keyboard”
    • Select the “Keyboard” tab. And then tap on the “Modifier Keys” button in the lower right corner of the preference panel
    • Select the PC keyboard from the “Select Keyboard” scrolldown menu at the top of the Modifier keys screen. Just to ensure that you guys are modifying the suitable keyboard connected to the Mac
    • Tap the scroll down next to “OPTION Key” and choose “Command”
    • Now tap the scrolldown next to “COMMAND Key” and choose “Option”
    • Just tap “OK” & also test out the newly remapped keyboard keys *

At a time when it is finished so then you guys will also have a new digital layout of the Windows PC keyboard keys when used on the Mac:

  • However, the WINDOWS key also becomes the ALT / OPTION key on Mac OS
  • ALT key simply becomes the COMMAND key on Mac OS
Important NOTE:

Similarly, some PC keyboards have the “CNTRL” and “ALT” keys switched as well. Just compared to a standard Mac key layout. Whether applicable, so they must go ahead & also switch those with the exact Modifier Key trick outlined above.

However, a simple way to make sure the keyboard modifier keys are also switched as expected is to give a keyboard shortcut, such as the screen capture (Command Shift 3). Or a Close Window command (Command + W). Similarly, it should also work as you would expect based on the specific keyboard layout.

Clearly, this is not going to change the real physical keyboard appearance. However, you guys will also have to get used to the appearance of the keys just saying one thing. Though doing something else. Therefore whether you are mostly a touch-typer & never look at your hands even when typing this should not be an issue.

Reversing the Windows PC

Necessarily you are reversing the Windows PC keyboard Windows & also the ALT keys (that simply become the Command & Option/ALT keys when connected to the Mac). Though that simply puts them in line with the default Mac & Apple keyboard layout of those buttons. Therefore, the Windows PC keyboard Windows key also becomes the current ALT / OPTION key on the Mac. And the Windows PC keyboard ALT key simply becomes the current COMMAND key on the Mac. Such as it would also be on an Apple keyboard.

For instance here is a Windows PC keyboard with a different modifier key layout than the Apple keyboard layout:

And here’s an Apple keyboard with various modifier key layout than the Windows PC keyboard:

However, you guys are also able to easily see why switching the modifier key behavior. At a time when the PC keyboard is connected to the Mac can also be too advantageous.

Though guys! This trick should also be specifically useful to Mac users though who just have a favorite PC keyboard just laying around they desire to use. Probably prefer a specific Windows PC keyboard for one cause or another. And yeah this instruction also works the same, however, the Windows PC keyboard connected to the Mac. Although the Mac operating system or the Mac itself. You are also able to switch the modifier keys in any release and with any keyboard this way.

Windows world

Btw whether you are coming to the Mac just from the Windows world. Similarly, which is probably why you guys have a Windows PC keyboard in use simply on a Mac in the first place. You will probably appreciate learning the Home & the END button equivalents on a Mac keyboard. However, what the Print Screen button equivalent is on a Mac, possibly using the Delete key as a Forward DEL simply on a Mac, or also discovering the way to use Page Up & Page Down on a Mac keyboard. Understanding what & where the Option or ALT key is on a Mac too.

However, Guys! Just try this out whether you guys also have a Windows keyboard you guys like to use with a Mac. Whether you like to try an external PC on Mac’s keyboard. Next, you must go ahead and do not be shy. Just because simply swapping those two modifier keys can fix one of the biggest frustrating when using a Windows PC keyboard on a Mac.

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