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On every keyboard I've used, the Windows key works as the Apple key in OS X (and on Apple keyboards in Windows, the Apple key works as the Windows key). However the placement is swapped with the alt/option key, so I use ControllerMate to fix that after swapping the key caps.

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Go to Preferences --> Keyboard & Mouse --> keyboard --> Modifier keys

 

and change the following

 

Control --> Command

Option --> Control

Command --> Option

 

this way you use the control-key to cut, copy & paste instead o/t Windows-key.

 

The only problem is that in terminal-apps (VI/nano etc...) the keys are reveresed (e.g. control-key is the Windows-key).

 

Cheers,

 

EPDM

 

On every keyboard I've used, the Windows key works as the Apple key in OS X (and on Apple keyboards in Windows, the Apple key works as the Windows key). However the placement is swapped with the alt/option key, so I use ControllerMate to fix that after swapping the key caps.

 

Why not simply use preferences?

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Also, for special (accentuated for eg.) carracters, you may be interested in installing Microsoft or Logitech keyboard "drivers", both include several international keymaps.

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Do U know any ways to restart/shutdown mac osx by keyboard?

 

If it's an Apple keyboard, I think control-eject (or is it command-eject) will bring up the dialog. My keyboard (Logitech diNovo) has a little button with a moon on it for "sleep" I suppose, which brings up the same dialog. If you don't have either of those, you can use something like ControllerMate to program a certain key to do something such as run an Apple Script. This script will behave similarly to the dialog:

 

display alert "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" buttons {"Cancel", "Restart", "Shut Down"} default button "Shut Down"
set a to button returned of result
if a = "Restart" then tell application "Finder" to restart
if a = "Shut Down" then tell application "Finder" to shut down

 

Unfortunately Applescript doesn't allow more than 3 buttons, so I had to remove the "Sleep" option.

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If it's an Apple keyboard, I think control-eject (or is it command-eject) will bring up the dialog. My keyboard (Logitech diNovo) has a little button with a moon on it for "sleep" I suppose, which brings up the same dialog. If you don't have either of those, you can use something like ControllerMate to program a certain key to do something such as run an Apple Script. This script will behave similarly to the dialog:

 

display alert "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" buttons {"Cancel", "Restart", "Shut Down"} default button "Shut Down"
set a to button returned of result
if a = "Restart" then tell application "Finder" to restart
if a = "Shut Down" then tell application "Finder" to shut down

 

Unfortunately Applescript doesn't allow more than 3 buttons, so I had to remove the "Sleep" option.

 

 

Thanks, I forgot I have the similar key with yours in my keyboard which allow me choose Sleep-Restart-shutdown.

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