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Learn how Microsoft Windows and Mac keyboards are di!erent and how some keys may function di!erently

In the example below, the top keyboard is a Mac keyboard and the bottom is a typical Windows keyboard. The blue highlighted keys have unique functions specic to the operating system for which they are designed. Some of the keys on the Mac keyboard are temporarily reassigned to a di!erent function when you start in Windows on your Mac. Specic details are given in the tables later in this article.

Example Mac keyboard

Example Windows keyboard

Windows needs Apple keyboard support drivers After you install Windows, you need to install Windows support software which includes the Mac drivers and other support software required for Windows to understand the Extended Function keys on Apple keyboards. See the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide to learn how to install the support software.

Using a Windows keyboard in Mac OS X Although Apple doesn't support the use of Windows keyboards, Microsoft provides a keyboard mapping article for attempting to use a Windows Keyboard in Mac OS X.

About character mapping in Windows for international keyboards You can determine the key combinations used to access unique characters for the language and region your Apple keyboard is designed to support: 1. Download, install, and open the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. This allows you to view any of the supported Apple-specic keyboard layouts that were installed in Windows. 2. Choose File > Load Existing Keyboard 3. Select the keyboard you want to see. Locate the country name in the keyboard list which is followed by "(Apple)". 4. Follow the instructions provided with the application. You can print images of the keyboard in various states (such as when holding the Shift key).

Which keyboard do I have? Find your keyboard below in order to use the reference tables below. Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Original MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

Apple Pro Keyboard

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Apple USB and Apple Wireless

Typical Windows Keyboard

How Microsoft Windows Function keys are mapped to Apple keyboards This table shows the keyboard functions specic to Microsoft Windows and the equivalent key combinations as they are mapped to Apple keyboards. Windows Keyboard Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad Command (") Enter ! Return Apple Pro keyboard Apple USB & Wireless keyboard MacBook Pro keyboard Command (") Return

Function

Windows logo Enter Backspace/ Delete Alt (left)

Command (") Command (") Return Return

Backspace

Delete

Delete

Delete

Delete

Alt (left)

Option

Option Option + Control F14

Option

Option

Alt Gr (right)

Alt (right)

Option + Control

Option + Control

Option + Control

Print Screen Print active window Scroll Lock Pause/Break Insert Number Lock

Print Screen Alt + Print Screen Scroll Lock Pause Insert Num Lock

F14

fn + Shift + F11 fn + Shift + Option + F11 fn + Shift + F12 fn + Esc

fn + Shift + F11 fn + Shift + Option + F11 fn + Shift + F12 fn + Esc

Option + F14

Option + F14

fn + Shift + F12 fn + ESC fn + Enter Clear Delete#

F15 F16 Help Clear Delete#

fn- F6 Delete# fn + Delete

Forward Delete Delete Applications logo

How Mac keyboards are mapped for the Numeric keypad Apple external keyboards with built-in numeric keypads as well as original MacBook Pro keyboards provide the same functionality as Microsoft-compatible numeric keypads.

Function

Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Apple Pro keyboard (with Num Lock o!)

MacBook Pro keyboard

Page Up Page Down

Page Up Page Down

9 3

fn + $ fn + %

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Insert Decimal Point Delete Up arrow Down arrow Left arrow Right arrow Home End

fn + Enter . fn + . 8+$ 2+% 4+! 6+& Home End

0 . .
1

fn + . 1 8 2 4 6 7 1 $1 %1
1

! &

fn + !

How Microsoft Windows Function keys are mapped to OS X Extended Function Keys You can use the Extended Function keys (located along the top of your Apple keyboard) in Windows. In the table below, a checkmark indicates that your keyboard supports a function in Windows. Note: This requires the Windows support software drivers to be installed. See the Boot Camp Installation & Setup Guide to learn how to install the support software.

Apple keyboard Key Key Name with numeric keypad

Apple USB, & Wireless keyboard

MacBook Pro keyboard

Apple Pro keyboard

Reduce display brightness

'

'

'

F14

Increase display brightness

'

'

'

F15

Mission Control

Launchpad

Dashboard

Function

'

'

'

Keyboard brightness on/o! toggle

'

Reduce keyboard brightness

'

Increase keyboard brightness

'

Play/Pause

'

'

'

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Previous track

'

'

'

Next track

'

'

'

Mute toggle

'

'

'

'

Volume down

'

'

'

'

Volume up

'

'

'

'

Media eject

'

'

'

'

Media eject (2nd optical drive)

Option + (

Option + (

Option + (

Option + (

Additional Information
For more information and installation requirements for Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, see this Microsoft article.
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