I'm trying to get the special keys on my Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 working under OS X El Capitan. Officially, Microsoft only offers limited support for this keyboard on Mac.

The multimedia keys (mute/volume/play) work, but the home/search/mail/calculator keys don't. The official IntelliType Pro software also lacks a way to configure the programmable hotkeys.

Are there any unofficial tools to get them working?

1 Answer 1


You can use ControllerMate by Ordered Bytes (costs $25) to regain control over the special keys of the Natural Ergonomic 4000. It should recognise all keys, even the shortcut keys.

Note: To get the "My Favourites" keys working, download the profile at: http://www.orderedbytes.com/controllermate/compatibility/#microsoft/ergonomic_keyboard_4000

  • It's a $25 tool, but it matches my requirements.
    – Pieter
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 17:28
  • Updated answer with mention of price (and link!) Luckily it has a demo. Try it out before buying! It can be a bit complex at first. Commented Apr 7, 2016 at 7:50

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .