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Using the Windows On-Screen Keyboard for other functions

You can use a keyboard tool to remap it. In Microsoft Windows desktop Explorer , when a file is selected, Enter will open the file. To rename the file, press F2. In Mac desktop Finder , when a file is selected, Enter will activate file rename. It delete texts to the left of the cursor.

For some time around to , Mac OS X's Safari browser also started to do the same, but removed this shortcut again when gesture with touchpad becomes popular. Use 2-finger swipe to the left to go back. In a text editor, the key will delete to the right of the cursor. When there is a function assigned to it, it is used to delete to the right of the cursor. On PC keyboards, there is the Insert key sometimes labeled Ins. Matias makes its Quiet Pro keyboards with either a Mac or a Windows layout; the Mac version is shown here. Image courtesy of Matias. Some keyboard software became pretty sophisticated, able to remap keys globally as well as on a per application basis, which is very handy for remapping game controller settings on your favorite keyboard.

Use your Apple Keyboard in Windows with Boot Camp

With Bluetooth supported across the entire Mac lineup, Bluetooth wireless keyboards worked quite nicely with Macs; no special Bluetooth dongle was needed. Once again this issue was solved either through the manufacturers providing software to remap the keys, or by producing special Mac compatible versions of their keyboards.

This style of keyboard uses a radio transmitter in the keyboard to talk to a receiver, usually located in a dongle that plugs into a USB port. Some RF keyboards will work with Macs and others will not. The problem is in the RF dongle and whether the manufacturer has built the dongle to emulate a standard USB keyboard connection; if so, it should work fine with the Mac. If you must use an RF keyboard, track down the manufacturer and make sure they have a Mac version of the driver software.

Special Key Differences Generally, there are at least five special keys on a Windows keyboard that have a different name or location than their Mac counterparts. This simple remapping lets you correct one of the most common issues associated with using a Windows keyboard with a Mac, and that is the physical location of the Alt and Windows keys.

As noted above, the Alt key is the same as the Option key on the Mac, while the Windows key is the same as the Command key. The problem is that on a Windows keyboard, these two keys are swapped in respect to their normal placement on the Mac keyboard.

Windows Keyboard Equivalents for the Mac's Special Keys

Since their functions are identical, you could just get used to their locations on the Windows keyboard. Luckily, you can swap the locations using the Keyboard preference pane. Remapping the modifier keys is on a keyboard-by-keyboard basis. The following are the primary key substitutions on the Windows keyboard, and their Macintosh equivalents.

More Information. The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that apply to the operating system.

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