If you’re like me you use a Mac at home and Windows at work, and for most of us that can’t be helped, we use what our employer gives us to use and we like it! But that doesn’t mean you’re at the mercy of the PC keyboard. It can be a challenge moving from the Mac keyboard to the PC keyboard. Often times I find myself hitting the return key or some other key I didn’t mean to hit. Well now you can bring just a small fraction of your home Mac experience to your work PC with a small application (developed by Jan Dryk) that allows you to use an Apple Wireless or Wired keyboard on your PC. Check out the details below.
AppleWirelessKeyboard is a small utility program for Windows that talks to the Apple Wireless Keyboard and responds to the Fn and Eject keys. Then it simulates native mac functionality. It adds the beautiful semitransparent overlays adds functions to otherwise dead keys. If you love the Apple Wireless Keyboard as much as I do, give this project a try.
- Function Keys
- F1-F2: Brightness Control on supported devices
- F3: Print Screen
- F4: Task Manager
- F7-F9: Media Control
- F10-F12: System Volume Control
- Ctrl + F9: Switch audio output devices
- Eject: toggle if function keys work as on Windows or as on Mac
- Fn + function key triggers the Mac like shortcut
- Fn + Backspace = Delete
- Fn + Arrows
- Up: Page Up
- Down: Page Down
- Left: Home
- Right: End
- Fn + Eject: Eject CD
Some antivirus programs detect this program as a virus. This is because it is intercepts key presses to provide its functionality. If you are still afraid, you can use one of may decompilers to examine the source code of the program. Apple Wired Keyboard is supported, but the fn key will not work. Thats because the keyboard doesn’t send the event to the computer at all.
This is a nifty application and the main reason it’s a winner for me is the volume controls on my Apple wired keyboard now work. This makes working on a PC at work a little better experience. Check out the developers website below and throw them few bucks donation.