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Keyboard Viewer recognizes multiple keyboard types System
If you connect a second keyboard to OS X (like me with a Tibook and external keyboard), the Keyboard Viewer (as described in this hint automatically recognizes on which keyboard you type on, and displays the exact layout of this keyboard. After pressing a key on the other one, the Keyboard Viewer menu switches to that one's layout. Even the smaller iMac/1999 keyboard is displayed exactly key by key. Very nicely done, OS X.

[robg adds: Amazingly neat trick -- I tried it with my PowerBook and an old G3/450 translucent keyboard I had lying around. It works as described. As soon as you press a key on either keyboard, the Keyboard Viewer display changes to match the active keyboard's layout.]
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Keyboard Viewer recognizes mutliple keyboard types
Authored by: dmmorse on Apr 27, '04 12:08:10PM

please forgive my ignorance, but what is and where can I locate the Keyboard Viewer?



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Keyboard Viewer recognizes mutliple keyboard types
Authored by: sabi on Apr 27, '04 02:11:24PM

System Preferences > International > Input Menu, then click "Keyboard Viewer" and "Show input menu in menu bar" if needed. You may also find the Character Palette useful.

Not exactly obvious. Key Caps has been displaying keyboard layouts since I can remember, back to System 6 at least...



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Keyboard Viewer recognizes mutliple keyboard types
Authored by: seanhussey on Apr 27, '04 03:11:30PM

What I'd love to be able to do is to use this to figure out when my MS Natural Keyboard is hooked into the laptop (through the Belkin KVM) and switch the Command and Option keys. The MS software provides a setting for this, but once I started using the KVM, the setting was ignored.

Is there any way to remap certain keys in OSX? I could at least manually reload a particular map depending on which keyboard I'm using at the time.



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Keyboard Viewer recognizes mutliple keyboard types
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Apr 27, '04 05:35:17PM
uControl allows you to remap all your modifier keys (want caps lock to be control? ok.)

it has a single keyboard only option, but i don't know how to make it apply one set of remaps to one keyboard, and a 2nd set of remaps to a different keyboard.

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Mouse pointer recognizes multiple mice...
Authored by: rhowell on Apr 27, '04 04:56:33PM

...which turns out to be a lot of fun. It just adds the two signals together.



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Keyboard Viewer recognizes multiple keyboard types
Authored by: veklita on Apr 27, '04 05:11:05PM

Now, can I manually set each keyboard to a different map? I would like to learn dvorak, but obviously have no interest in purchasing a separate keyboard, and I would like not to remap both my powerbook's and my external keyboard, but just my external keyboard.



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Keyboard Viewer recognizes multiple keyboard types
Authored by: ryandesign on Apr 28, '04 08:35:48AM

It is very neat. However, it is nothing new. Key Caps on Mac OS 9, 8, 7?, 6? has had the exact same feature -- the onscreen layout changes to match that of the keyboard on which the last letter was pressed.



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