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How To Hook Up A Keyboard To An Apple Laptop

Can you connect a keyboard to an Apple laptop?

You can connect a wireless keyboard to your Mac the same way you would any other Bluetooth device. Many Bluetooth wireless keyboards connect to your Mac, and once you’ve paired them, reconnecting them is a quick process.

How do I connect a keyboard to my Macbook?

Make sure the device’s power switch is in the ON position. (Green is visible below the button when the device is turned on.) Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth to open the Bluetooth preferences window. When paired with your Mac, it will appear in the device list.

Can you connect any keyboard to a Mac?

Why You Need a Mac-friendly Keyboard Technically, you can use any keyboard with your Mac. Plug it in (possibly using a USB-A to USB-C adapter) or pair it via Bluetooth, and the basic typing functions work.

How do I make my Mac recognize my keyboard?

If your Mac USB keyboard doesn’t work, try another USB port. Unplug your keyboard from the current USB port and try another one. Check the system report. Turn off Bluetooth. Make sure mouse keys and slow keys are disabled. Connect your keyboard via an extension cord or USB hub.

How do I connect my Apple wired keyboard to my Mac?

Yes, as they say, you can plug a wired keyboard into a USB slot on the Mac. If you connect a Windows keyboard, some keys may behave differently. You may need to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Advanced to remap Option (Alt key) and Command (Windows key).

How do I connect my Apple wired keyboard?

Connect a wired keyboard. Connect the keyboard to a USB port. Connect the device to a free USB port with a USB cable or wireless USB dongle. USB ports are located on the back of most iMacs.

How do you connect a USB keyboard to a Mac?

Plug your keyboard into the USB port on your Mac, Macbook, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, or whatever. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard. Choose your keyboard from the Select keyboard drop-down list. In the lower right corner, click Modifier Keys…

Why won’t my Apple keyboard connect?

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. If the Bluetooth icon does not appear, or if the menu bar status indicates that Bluetooth is turned off, restart your computer and try turning Bluetooth on again.


Can you use a non-Apple keyboard with a Mac?

Any USB or Bluetooth keyboard (including wireless keyboards that require a USB dongle) works with the Mac – plug it in and start typing. If you’re using a Windows-formatted keyboard with a Mac, the Windows key functions as the Command key; similarly, the Alt key functions like the Option key on the Mac.

How do I set up a wired keyboard?

Turn off your computer. Plug the USB cable from the keyboard into a USB port on your computer. You can also connect the keyboard to a USB hub if you are using one. Turn on the computer. The operating system automatically registers the keyboard, and you can use it immediately. Install any drivers if prompted.

How do I connect my Mac keyboard without a mouse?

Just follow these steps: Hold down the Command (⌘) key, then press the spacebar to open Spotlight Search. Type Bluetooth and use the arrow keys on your keyboard to highlight Bluetooth File Sharing. Press the enter or return key to open it. Your Mac will recognize that Bluetooth is turned off and ask if you want to turn it back on.

How do you set up an external keyboard on a Mac?

You can customize your external keyboard and remap certain keys by going to System Preferences > Keyboard on your Mac. It’s especially important to do this if you’re using a Windows keyboard to make sure the keys behave the way you want them to.

Which keyboard is compatible with iMac?

Keyboards for imac The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac makes any room. Magic Keyboard is now available with Touch ID for fast, easy, and Magic Keyboard for remarkably comfortable and accurate typing. Customize your MacOS device with this Satechi Wired USB keyboard.

How do you type on a Mac with a Windows keyboard?

When using a Windows keyboard on a Mac, the Windows key is used instead of the Command key, and the Alt key is used instead of the Option key. It is also worth noting that their positions on the two types of keyboards are reversed. For example, the Undo shortcut would use Windows+Z instead of Command+Z.

What is the Command key on a non-Apple keyboard?

On a generic USB keyboard, the Alt key works as Option, and the Windows key as Command. The positions of those two keys are generally reversed from a Mac keyboard, so some people switch the function of those keys in the OSX control panel.

How do you use an IMAC keyboard?

On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Keyboard, Mouse, or Trackpad. Follow the on-screen instructions if you’re setting up a mouse or trackpad. If you are setting up a keyboard, click Set up Bluetooth keyboard and follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your keyboard.

Can I connect a keyboard to my laptop?

Just plug it into your laptop, either the keyboard port or a USB port, whichever is available. You can use the keyboard once it is plugged in. Note that adding an external keyboard often doesn’t disable the laptop’s internal keyboard. You can use both! March 26, 2016.

How do you connect a keyboard to a laptop?

Go to Start, select Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard, and turn on the switch under Use the on-screen keyboard. A keyboard appears that can be used to move around the screen and enter text.

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