How to Use a PC keyboard on a Mac

Configuring your Control, Option, & Command Modifier Keys for Mac

A Mac computer will recognize PC keyboards such as the Das Keyboard 4C TKL, Prime 13, Model S, and 4 Professional, but if you prefer to have the Control, Option (Alt), and Command keys to work the way they do on a Mac keyboard, you will need to adjust your keyboard settings in your System Preferences. First, navigate to your System Preferences, and then click Keyboard.

Then click on Modifier Keys...

From here, you will swap your modifier keys to match the typical macOS configuration.

  • The WINDOWS key will become the ALT / OPTION key on Mac OS
  • The ALT key becomes the COMMAND key on Mac OS

This will give you the capability to copy, paste, select all and other shortcuts using your command keys.

Configuring your F1 Keys for Mac

If you would like to configure your keyboard's volume, media, brightness controls to match the inscriptions on the keyboard, you can easily remap the keys using free third-party software. We suggest using the remapping program 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: Das Keyboard models 4Q and X50Q are Windows-only keyboards. This is due to their hardware and firmware which controls the lighting, smart controls, and Q Software.