How to Use a Windows Keyboard on a Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

If you’re a Mac user who’s recently switched from using a Windows computer, adjusting to the new keyboard layout can be a bit challenging. The good news is that Macs are designed to be user-friendly and adaptable, so it won’t take long for you to get the hang of using a Windows keyboard on your Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to use a Windows keyboard on a Mac.

Step 1: Connect Your Windows Keyboard to Your Mac

Before you can start using your Windows keyboard on your Mac, you need to make sure that it’s properly connected. Connect the USB cable of your Windows keyboard to an available USB port on your Mac. If you’re using a wireless keyboard, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for connecting it via Bluetooth.

Step 2: Adjust Keyboard Settings

Once your Windows keyboard is connected to your Mac, you may find that some keys don’t work as expected or are not in the same position as they were on your previous computer. To fix this, you can adjust the keyboard settings on your Mac:

1. Open System Preferences

Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

2. Go to Keyboard Settings

In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard.”

3. Set Modifier Keys

In the Keyboard settings, click on the “Modifier Keys” button located at the bottom-right corner of the window.


  • This step allows you to customize key functions according to your preference.
  • You can swap options like Control and Command keys, or Alt and Option keys.

Step 3: Learn the Mac Keyboard Equivalents

While using a Windows keyboard on a Mac, it’s helpful to learn the Mac keyboard equivalents for certain keys:

  • Ctrl key on Windows => Command key on Mac
  • Alt key on Windows => Option key on Mac
  • Windows/Start key on Windows => Command or Finder key on Mac (depending on the context)
  • Delete key on Windows => Backspace key on Mac (located above the Enter/Return key)
  • PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys on Windows => Use the combination of [fn] + corresponding arrow keys on Mac.

In Conclusion..

The process of using a Windows keyboard on a Mac is straightforward. By connecting and adjusting your keyboard settings, you can seamlessly transition from a Windows computer to a Mac.

Remember to familiarize yourself with the equivalent keys to ensure a smooth experience. With these steps, you’ll be able to use your Windows keyboard comfortably and efficiently on your Mac.

We hope this article has been helpful in guiding you through the process of using a Windows keyboard on a Mac. Happy typing!

Note: This article is for educational purposes only and does not endorse any specific brand or product.

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