How to Use a PC keyboard on a Mac

Although a Mac computer will recognize PC keyboards such as the Das Keyboard 4C, Prime 13, and even the PC versions of the Model S and 4 Professional if the preference is for the keys in the Function row to perform the way they would on a Mac, or the way the keyboard's inscriptions are shown, you can easily remap the keys. 


Configuring Your Keyboard for Mac

 
For quick and easy usage of your PC Das Keyboard on a Mac computer, we suggest the usage of third-party software called Karabiner-Elements.
 
Karabiner Elements is a simple, free, and safe key remapping software for Mac. Upon installation and launch, you will find that you are able to map your function keys as well as any other keys that you would like to remap. Below is an example of what the mapping of the function keys will be when you plug in a PC keyboard to a Mac.
 


In order to remap a 4C TKL to match the inscriptions, you would just select the matching media controls:

 
Note: It is suggested that certain Das Keyboard models are strictly PC only, such as the 4Q and X50Q. This is due to their complexity compared to a board such as the Das Keyboard 4 Professional. The mix of lighting, smart controls, and our Q Software makes it so they should be left strictly used on computers that they are compatible with.

 
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