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Can you use a Windows keyboard with a Mac?

by Jasmes / April 27, 2006 2:12 PM PDT

Are they layouts the same, as far as alt/control/windows or mac logo key/etc?

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As long as it's USB
by rtemp / April 27, 2006 4:04 PM PDT

I'm pretty sure that it'll work.

Alt = Option
Windows = Command
Everything else is the same, as far as I know

-Ryan

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Depends
by MacHugger / April 27, 2006 5:05 PM PDT

As Ryan says, if it's USB, it will physically work but the key mapping might not be ideal if the manufacturer doesn't make the software for the Mac. I have a Logitech keyboard in at work and the software will map the keys to what I need them to be but function keys still don't quite work like I'm used to with a Mac Keyboard. That's more Logitech's crappy software to blame since I've used other keyboards (Microsoft) that work fine.

My Logitech mouse actually works better (as expected) WITHOUT Logitech's crap software. I used to keep it uninstalled except now that I also have a Logitech keyboard, it automatically turns the software on for both. Like I said, (twice already) it's crap, though their hardware is good which is why I usually like it.

-Kevin S.

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alt and windows key are swaped.
by kianyee_89 / April 27, 2006 11:26 PM PDT

Some logitech keyboard have both windows and mac symbols on them. I know specifically the one I have requires installing the logitech software on OS X to swap the keycodes or whatever to match what printed on the keyboard.

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