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I use mac at home, but at work I have to use Win7 PC. It makes me crazy to switch between mac/win keybard everyday, so I want to buy mac usb keyboard, but, will CMD buttons work as CTRL in windows 'out of the box'? I can use some mapping software, but it would be much better just to plug it in and use.

  • I would use the mapping software. On the mac. Karabiner is the most flexible. – jasonology Sep 4 '15 at 5:14
  • i know, but the thing is, I preffer mac keyboard over Windows :) – macholl Sep 4 '15 at 9:23
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The answer is no. The difference is not a Mac vs Win keyboard. You can use a Windows keyboard on a Mac and the keys are the same.

The difference in in the OS. Windows treats ctrl-C as copy and OS X cmd-C. They just differ and I know of not way of mapping them

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  • I know it is OS issue, but I thought maybe Win maps cmd as ctrl on apple keyboard. AFAIK it is possible to remap buttons except Win key, can you tell me how Win registers pressing cmd button? – macholl Sep 3 '15 at 20:07
  • The cmd button is alt or alt-gr on a Windows keyboard – mmmmmm Sep 3 '15 at 20:24
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Command button will act as Windows button, Control as Ctrl, Option as Alt. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202676 section "How Microsoft Windows Function keys are mapped to Apple keyboards".

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I am 95% certain the answer is NO, but I do not have a Windows PC to verify.

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  • It should work as Windows key. ctrl (⌃) should be equivalent of Control on Win. – user14492 Sep 3 '15 at 20:07

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