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Hey folks,

Finally I got my Apple Keyboard running. Now there's a Problem. I'm coming from the "original" Mac Platform and so I'm used to use the Apple-Key (Command-Key) as the Apple Key, e. g. "Apple-Key + Shift + A" opens the Applications. On my OSx86 PC, the Command-Key is represented by the alt-key, and the alt-key is represented by the key with the Apple Logo on it (erm... the command key). Means if I want to open Applications I have to press "alt + shift + a". Sound confusing, but to say it it some words: I just want that the key with the Apple logo on it functions like the Apple key.

Can someone help me?


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If you go into system preferences/keyboard you can customize those keys. I don't have OS X in front of me right now (at work) so I can't give you any details, but I know it's there.

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If you go into system preferences/keyboard you can customize those keys. I don't have OS X in front of me right now (at work) so I can't give you any details, but I know it's there.


Just go to the "universal access" in system preferences. there is an option to display what kind of key you're pressing. it really helps for non mac keyboard.

i found that windows key on my keyboard is actually "option" key.

while my "command" has been swap to "ctrl" (default is "alt"), and "control" key is "alt" (default is "ctrl").

you might also want to browse the Finder's help, as this kind of information is easily available.

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If you go into system preferences/keyboard you can customize those keys. I don't have OS X in front of me right now (at work) so I can't give you any details, but I know it's there.


To be more specific: System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard > Modifier Keys > swap the Command and Option keys in the drop down boxes.

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Hey, on my Hackintosh, this window doesn't open. When checking the console logs I can see the following:

16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] *** Illegal NSComboBox data source (<MouseController: 0x1747acd0>). Must implement numberOfItemsInComboBox: and comboBox:objectValueForItemAtIndex:
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action panningMode: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action setIlluminationDimValue: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action openKSA: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] *** Illegal NSComboBox data source (<MouseController: 0x1747acd0>). Must implement numberOfItemsInComboBox: and comboBox:objectValueForItemAtIndex:
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action cancel: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action scrollWheelZoom: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadScrollSpeed: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action zoomOptionsOk: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackPadSpeed: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newIgnoreTrackpadIfMousePresent: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackPadClick: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action updateMouseButtonAction: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action modifierMappingDidChange: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action modifierMappingDidChange: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action ejectMenuExtraCheckboxChanged: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action updateMouseButtonAction: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action updateMouseButtonAction: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action illuminationModeChanged: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action scrollWheelZoom: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newIgnoreTypingButton: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action zoomOptions: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action fnFlipper: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action helpLookup: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action advancedOptions: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action enableMouseScrolling: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action modifierMappingDidChange: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action selectKeyboard: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action helpLookup: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action modifierMappingDidChange: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action setSmoothImages: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newKeyRepeat: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action helpLookup: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action scrollWheelZoom: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action helpLookup: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action zoomOptions: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action restoreDefaultModifiers: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] *** Illegal NSComboBox data source (<MouseController: 0x1747acd0>). Must implement numberOfItemsInComboBox: and comboBox:objectValueForItemAtIndex:
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action helpLookup: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action updateMouseButtonAction: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action ok: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action zoomOptions: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newTrackpadState: to target of class MouseController
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] Could not connect the action newInitialKeyRepeat: to target of class Keyboard
16.01.10 16:57:52 System Preferences[26473] *** -[NSCFDictionary setObject:forKey:]: attempt to insert nil key
16.01.10 16:59:18 System Preferences[26473] [NSPrefPaneBundle instantiatePrefPaneObject] (/System/Library/PreferencePanes/Keyboard.prefPane): should only be called once


Is there any other way to modify those keys?

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Hey folks,

Finally I got my Apple Keyboard running. Now there's a Problem. I'm coming from the "original" Mac Platform and so I'm used to use the Apple-Key (Command-Key) as the Apple Key, e. g. "Apple-Key + Shift + A" opens the Applications. On my OSx86 PC, the Command-Key is represented by the alt-key, and the alt-key is represented by the key with the Apple Logo on it (erm... the command key). Means if I want to open Applications I have to press "alt + shift + a". Sound confusing, but to say it it some words: I just want that the key with the Apple logo on it functions like the Apple key.

Can someone help me?


regards
Jam


Go into system preferences>keyboard>modifer kyes (lower right of the screen), Then you can just swap the keys. Hope this helps! :)





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