I just got a new Mac from my employer and it has a Dutch keyboard layout.

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The main difference is the location of the backtick ` and it has a non-standard key §/± at the location of the backtick in other layouts that I am more used to.

99% of the time I use it as a desktop and work with big monitors and external keyboards and first I don't want to buy new keyboards.

My old keyboards have a quite universal layout like

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I need to do a lot of work in R and python so I need to use the backtick very often. However, it seems not possible to enter backtick with my Dutch mac. When I click that backtick on my external keyboard, it returns the § as the same location on my internal keyboard. I did the keyboard setting but the default did not help.

I don't need that §/± key.

Can you help me make the backtick key on my external keyboard produce the real backtick character?

  • 4
    Does this answer your question? How do I remap a key in macOS Sierra, e.g., Right Alt to Right Control?
    – tripleee
    Feb 28 at 13:12
  • macOS allows multiple languages and input sources. What languages and keyboard layouts do you have active? The images you generated are nice, however Apple has a keyboard viewer you can see what is actually mapped at the moment. support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/… (Keyboard Viewer is available when you show input sources in the menu bar)
    – bmike
    Feb 28 at 13:26
  • When you press the key left of Z, do you not get a backtick? Your old keyboards were of the ANSI type, used in N and S America and Asia. Your new keyboard is the ISO type, used in all of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Feb 28 at 15:16
  • For a custom layout that should put the backtick at the upper left on an ISO keyboard, you can try dropbox.com/scl/fi/b4lfx25df9e75u26y6dkx/… Feb 28 at 15:19

1 Answer 1


Try using Keyboard Setup Assistant.

  1. Apple logo > System Preferences (System Settings)

  2. Keyboard > Change Keyboard Type (bottom right)

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Hope that helped!

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    I don’t think that will help. He already has the right “type”, he just doesn’t like where that type has the backtick key. Feb 28 at 19:54

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