If you’re not a lover of your Mac keyboard, or it has decided to go on the blink, why not grab a Windows keyboard and use that instead? Nearly all USB and Bluetooth Windows keyboards will work with a Mac, but the key layout is slightly different. Let’s look at how to connect your keyboard to your Mac and what the differences are.
How do I connect a Windows Keyboard to a Mac?
To connect a Windows keyboard, simply plug it into a spare USB port on your Mac. If it’s a Bluetooth keyboard, switch it on and your Mac should find it. It’s also possible that the Keyboard Setup Assist window may appear on your screen at this point. If so, follow the simple instructions and your Mac will figure out the type of keyboard you have. Once done, you’ll be ready to use your keyboard.
What are the differences between a Mac and a Windows Keyboard?
Most of the keys on a Windows keyboard function the same as on a Mac. However, some essential keys differ:
The Windows Key
The Windows key is used instead of the Command Key.
The Alt Key
The Alt key replaces the Option key.
The Ctrl Key
The Ctrl key is short for control and replicates the Control key on your Mac.
The Backspace Key
The Backspace key replaces the Delete key on your Mac keyboard.
On some Mac keyboards, the Delete key is a left-pointing arrow, and many Windows keyboards also use this symbol. Whichever character appears on your keyboard, the Backspace key on your Windows keyboard replicates the Delete key on your Mac – with one small exception as shown next.
The Delete Key
The Delete key – or Del Key – on a Windows keyboard deletes the character to the right of your cursor in a document. With a Mac keyboard, you have to hold down the Fn key and press Delete to do the same.
Setting up and using a Windows keyboard on a Mac is easy to do – once you know the subtle differences, as shown in this article.
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