Same Keyboard

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I'm a big fan of keyboard shortcuts and use them as much as I can. At work I use OS X, at home, Windows; on both machines I have the same keyboard. It's gotten to the point where I can barely function on my Windows machine because my hands are trained to use OS X's keymapping. I hit alt when I want to hit ctrl, and I keep pressing the Windows button because I expect it to be useful.

I'd like to see a program to replicate keymappings from one OS to another. I'd prefer OS X to Windows, as Command is a lot more centrally located (and therefore more comfortable) than Control. Ideally, though, you could choose your preferred keymapping. Bonus points for the ability to able selectively create/edit your own favored keymappings and disable/enable keymappings for different programs. --Jeni 17:18, 3 May 2005 (EDT)

Tiger has added the ability to remap your various control keys in OS X. This means your could move your OS X keys around to mimic your Windows keys. Not ideal, but free and built into the operating system (if you've upgraded, that is). The preferences is in "Keyboard & Mouse" -- click on the "Modifier Keys..." button.
--Duien 18:19, 3 May 2005 (EDT)
Tried that using DoubleCommand for Panther. It almost worked. My problem was that I couldn't map ctrl to the Control key in Terminal (I use Terminal a lot), and I could force command-tab to work as option-tab (alt-tab is and will probably always be ingrained into my method of working). I also didn't like shifting the command key to the outside. Having it where it is saves a lot of hand strain. I'd much rather force Windows to remap to OS X, as it's much more comfortable. --Jeni 13:59, 4 May 2005 (EDT)
To remap Windows to OSX (at least somewhat) you may want to try AutoHotKey. (Boy, I'm a wiki idiot.) Its macro language is a little clunky, but it should be able to remap just about system keys. --Dgfitch 14:52, 17 May 2005 (EDT)

[edit] One machine, one keyboard

On a related note, when I got my new PowerBook in 9/2003, I decided to ditch all my other machines (two macs and a PC) except in extreme need circumstances; switching through the day between a Wall Street PowerBook, a PC, and an extended keyboard desktop mac had made me a nervous wreck. I was forever hitting the wrong control/meta key and I was having to way overthink everything I did.

Not practical or plausible for most multiple-computer users, but I mention it in the event that you can get identical keyboards (and mappings) on all machines you use; I've found the bump in productivity and concentration very worth the effort.

--Merlin 12:30, 17 May 2005 (EDT)

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