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  08 August 2006
PC with a Mac keyboard?

Since I'm having quite a trouble switching back to my PC keyboard layout after spending 8 eight hours at my G5 at work I was wondering if it's totally imposible to switch to a Mac keyboard for my WinXP based PC at home and have it work with Mac keyboard layout? Any opinions on this are welcome.
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  08 August 2006
A mac keyboard will work fine on a windows machine.
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  08 August 2006
Glad to hear. Does that mean I would instantly switch to Mac shortcut system by connecting a Mac keyboard to a PC?
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  08 August 2006
No, probably not. It just means that a mac keyboard will work on your machine. Keys like F13 and higher wont work and I think the Apple key becomes the windows logo. Even if Im wrong thought the shotcuts wont change to mac style. You can however, in most prorgrams, change the short cuts so the keystrokes are the same.

I know how you feel though, I switch back and forth often but in most cases I still naturally select the key strokes without thinking too much about it.
 
  08 August 2006
Shortcuts are OS dependant (and profile dependant). They do not follow the keyboard.
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  08 August 2006
Most shortcuts are in fact software not OS dependant. And the way keyboard functions can always be enhanced by a pack of software. Which is exactly why I ask. It must take a certain amount of ignorance not to aknowledge that.

So back to my original question. Would anyone happen to have any experience with switching to a Mac keyboard layout for PC? In particular, I'm interested in having Adobe Illustrator behaving to me the exact same way on PC as it does on Mac. That's where I make mistakes by pressing the Win key instead of Alt or Alt instead of Control at most. Since most combined shortcuts are based on those keys that's rather annoying.

Thanks for any help!
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  08 August 2006
On OSX, the apple key will work as expected for OSX. In windows the apple key functions as the windows key. The alt and ctrl buttons still function as expected.

Keyboard shortcuts are OS dependant. Naturally not all keyboard shortcuts are, but the main keyboard shortcuts (copy, paste, etc.) are generally an OS kinda thing. Or the shortcuts written into the software are designed to behave similarly. Either way, it helps keep the theme of the OS consistant. Of course, unix/linux copy/paste functions are MUCH nicer :P

Having used several apple keyboards in windows PCs, the functionality does not change much, minus the apple key becoming the windows key. The right mouse key (on a windows keyboard) is the right apple key on the apple key board, if I remember right... but keyboard short cut combos (such as apple key + some other key) will not be the same on a windows system. This has nothing to do with the keyboard.

I have an apple keyboard plugged in right now, and here is what the following keys do.

ctrl+c ctrl+v are copy and paste
pressing alt in a window will cause the focus to move to the menu bar, at which point you can use arrow keys to move to each menu
the apple key functions exactly as the windows key
apple key + c does nothing
apple + e opens windows explorer (since windows + e opens explorer)
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  08 August 2006
Thanks, I hoped there was a way around it.
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  08 August 2006
Originally Posted by xsenos: Most shortcuts are in fact software not OS dependant. And the way keyboard functions can always be enhanced by a pack of software. Which is exactly why I ask. It must take a certain amount of ignorance not to aknowledge that....


I meant it would not be automatic. I did, however, acknowledge that it could be changed. And the way your question seemed to read was different then what you are asking now, I thought you were asking if the shortcuts would become mac shortcuts automatically.
 
  08 August 2006
Originally Posted by RiKToR: I meant it would not be automatic. I did, however, acknowledge that it could be changed. And the way your question seemed to read was different then what you are asking now, I thought you were asking if the shortcuts would become mac shortcuts automatically.

Oh, the post you're quoting wasn't meant for you.

Your remark about changing shortcut keys manually only occured to me now. After giving it a little thought I believe this should be just enough for me. Thanks!
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  08 August 2006
My apologies. Good luck!
 
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