Use your Apple Keyboard in Windows with Boot Camp

You can use an Apple keyboard or a keyboard designed for Microsoft Windows with your Mac. Some keys might work differently between macOS and Windows. 

Mac equivalents of Windows keys

Many of the keys that you'd see on a PC have equivalent keys on an Apple keyboard.
  

Windows logo: Press Command (⌘).

Backspace or Delete: Press Delete.

Enter or ⏎: Press Return.

Alt (left): Press Option (⌥).

Alt GR (right): Press Option + Control.

Applications: This key isn't available on Apple keyboards.


Use the On-Screen Keyboard for other functions

If your Apple keyboard doesn't include the following keys, you can recreate them in Windows using the On-Screen Keyboard.

  • Pause/Break
  • Insert
  • Forward Delete
  • Home
  • End
  • Page Up
  • Page Down
  • Number Lock
  • Scroll Lock

 


Use the Snipping Tool to print screen

To recreate the Print Screen and Print Active Window function in Windows, use the Snipping Tool.

 


If your keyboard isn't working as expected in Windows

If your Apple keyboard works as expected in macOS but not in Windows, try these solutions:

 


Learn more

  • Microsoft provides a keyboard mapping article that describes using a Windows keyboard with macOS.
  • Use Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to find key combinations for the unique characters used by the language and region your Apple keyboard is designed to support:
    1. Download, install, and open the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.
    2. Choose File > Load Existing Keyboard.
    3. Select the keyboard you want to see. 
    4. Find the country or region name in the keyboard list that's followed by "(Apple)".
    5. Follow the instructions provided with the app. You can print images of the keyboard, including what keys look like when holding modifiers like Shift, Option, or Fn.

 

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