I am using osx on my MacBook Pro but for different reasons I do also have to use Windows 10 to make some programming now and then. I would like to use exactly the same keyboard layout in Windows and I have not found a good solution yet.

My main problems with Windows keyboard are: - the { and } is at a different place, which I just can not handle. I want them to be where they are on OSX. - I want to use cmd+x, cmd+z, cmd+c, cmd+v etc in Windows as I would use them in OSX.

Is there a program to change this? I really just want the osx standard to work in Windows.

  • Could you elaborate on how the { and } are at a different place? I'm currently using a Mac with a Windows keyboard, and the { } are the shift characters for [ ], which are just to the right of p on both keyboards. – uint128_t Jan 24 '16 at 16:57
  • I realized that this is a language specific problem. I am using a swedish keyboard where those are not the same in osx and Windows. – theva Jan 24 '16 at 18:16
  • Alright, makes sense. I added an answer that I think addresses those things. – uint128_t Jan 24 '16 at 18:19
  • Are you aware of the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator? It is not officially supporting Windows 8/10, but I got it to work under Windows 8, so I suppose it should work under Windows 10 as well. You can use it to create arbitrary keyboard layouts. – pederpansen Feb 6 '16 at 13:27

Sounds like what you want is to be able swap a couple keys in Windows 10. SharpKeys should be able to do this.

Specifically, you'll want to swap around whatever the curly braces are, and swap alt with ctrl: alt is in the same position as the command key on a Mac keyboard, and swapping it with ctrl makes ctrl-V/C/X the same motion as command-V/C/X.


The french braces are in the same position on both keyboards. If you would like to switch the [command] and [option] keys on OS X so that they match the position (and behavior) of the [windows] and [alt] keys on a Windows keyboard, start from the Finder in OS X

  1. Apple Menu
  2. Systems Preferences...
  3. Keyboard
  4. Keyboard tab
  5. [Modifier Keys...] button in lower right

Use the drop-down menus located in this window to specify the action of each of the modifier keys ([caps lock], [control], [option],and [command]).

  • I would like to change in Windows, not in osx. – theva Jan 24 '16 at 18:14

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