I'm using a MBP with a German keyboard. However, as you probably know, it is an annoying layout. Therefore, I use the normal US layout instead. This, however, was not enough. The upper left key (right below the ESC) originally maps to § and ±. Therefore, using karabiner I remapped it and checked Swap tilde with section. This now works as I want on the internal keyboard.

The problem is that when I attach an external native US apple keyboard, the upper left key is mapped to § and ±. Is there a way to disable karabiner on the external keyboard? Any other idea?

  • You have an ISO keyboard, but you are mapping to an ANSI layout. Would it not be simpler to map it to another ISO layout, like UK English? see apple.stackexchange.com/a/106059/85275 – Tetsujin Oct 5 '15 at 6:40
  • How does it solve my problem? – Dror Oct 5 '15 at 6:42
  • It keeps the key below Escape & the key left of z in their original places - they move on an ANSI keyboard. That way, the Mac itself would be capable of remapping as it recognises a true ANSI keyboard being connected – Tetsujin Oct 5 '15 at 6:43
  • After the remaps I have no issue with the internal keyboard. The problem arises when I plug the external one. – Dror Oct 5 '15 at 6:52
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