Sometimes it is necessary to use an Apple keyboard with a Windows computer which is fine, it works…. mostly.
Do you find there are times when you’re quickly writing an email and you put inverted commas or quote marks ” instead of the @ symbol? Or you’re trying to find the \ or ~ keys and you now have to work out where they on a Windows keyboard? Usually this is done through trial and error and is very frustrating.
We tend to come across this when our clients use their Apple computers to remotely connect to a Windows computer to use a specific piece of software, such as Sage. Although it’s minor, it is still an unnecessary frustration. Sadly Microsoft haven’t seen fit to include an Apple keyboard translation map in their Remote Desktop toolkit, so we have to look for another solution.
You can use the method below to quickly setup an Apple keyboard mapping on a Windows machine, so your nice Apple keyboard works as expected when using Windows.
Click here to download a bespoke Apple keyboard map for Windows which can be used when accessing a Microsoft Windows computer remotely (Microsoft Remote Desktop, MSTSC, RDP) from a computer using an Apple Keyboard.
How to Install:
- On the Windows computer download the zip file.
- Unzip the contents and double click the setup.exe.
- Follow the setup instructions.
Once installed you’ll need to select the keyboard mapping:
- Open Settings > Devices > Typing Settings.
- Scroll down and click the Advanced keyboard settings link.
- Click on the Override for default input method dropdown.
- Select [English (United Kingdom) – United Kingdom – Mac].
If the keyboard mapping is not right for you, or you wish to configure for a different keyboard layout, please use the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 from the source link below.