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In order to write \ on a Japanese wireless keyboard we have to use alt+¥. Very very inconvenient actually. Especially with Swift, the use of \ will sky rocket... Alt is bottom left, right of caps, and ¥ is left of delete. You absolutely need two hands for this, and alt is close to caps and ¥ is close to delete so all kind of havoc will break loose from time to time.

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Is there anyway to remap this key? Of course I'm mostly using Xcode. Ideally I'd like to remap \ to _ which is left of the right shift. Because _ prints _ both for shifted and unshifted taps, so \ for an unshifted tap would be great.

  • I was able to download and use Ukulele from scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/… however while the software seems powerful it's far from easy to use and have keyboards install. The manual is lengthy and takes a while to go through. There's no quick way of fixing things, unless you have a lot of experience I guess. The keyboard layout I created seems to work in Notes, but it does not work in Google Chrome (I couldn't write this comment using it) – Jonny Jun 6 '14 at 4:14
  • Ok so I restarted Google Chrome and can now use the keyboard layout. Seems to work, look \\\\ :-) – Jonny Jun 6 '14 at 4:21
  • Care to make that a answer so we can close this topics – Ruskes Jun 6 '14 at 8:28
  • This might be related? apple.stackexchange.com/questions/158975/… – gman Dec 2 '14 at 0:37
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I was able to download and use Ukulele from http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=ukelele however while the software seems powerful it's far from easy to use and have keyboards install. The manual is lengthy and takes a while to go through. There's no quick way of fixing things, unless you have a lot of experience I guess. The keyboard layout I created seems to work in Notes, but it does not work in Google Chrome (I couldn't write this comment using it)

Ok so I restarted Google Chrome and can now use the keyboard layout. Seems to work, look \\ :-)

And to add something... Ukulele works on an inherent feature of OS X (the keyboard layout files), just adds an UI on top of it. It would be nice with a simpler solution so if anyone knows feel free to add an answer.

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  • great, now you just check it as done (as soon as it is available) – Ruskes Jun 6 '14 at 9:49

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