Make An Apple Keyboard Work Correctly With A Windows PC Using This Free App

Make An Apple Keyboard Work Correctly With A Windows PC Using This Free App

Do you just like using the well-designed Apple keyboard with your work PC? If so, you know that there are inevitably some drawbacks to using Apple’s own QWERTYUIOP bar with Windows, mainly in the fact that many keys — such a print screen, volume control, eject and more — don’t work outside of OS X.

As is often the case, if you want to use your Apple keyboard as Steve intended within the Windows environment, there’s an app for that. It’s called Apple Keyboard Helper, and it’s a free download. Here’s what it does.

Simply download the app from the official website and install it on your Windows machine. Once you have done so, the following keys will work as they are meant to:

F3: Print Screen
F4: Task Manager
F7-F9: iTunes control
F10-F12: System volume Control
Eject button toggles Fkeys/Functions.
Fn + F key triggers function
Fn + Backspace = Delete
Fn+ Eject: Eject CD
And more!

Of course, your other option is to get yourself a Mac and run Boot Camp: the Apple keyboard in Boot Camp works just fine. Still, for those stuck on a Windows PC for whatever reason, this is a fine solution.

  • saraT3

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  • Srose428

    Looks like this is for windows 7 and the wireless keyboard, but is there support for the full sized wired keyboard and windows xp pro?  I am already using a full size Apple keyboard on my work PC but the software driver is for just the basics, I would like to be able to use the Function Keys F1-…

    Just tried it and no real luck, program fails when I hit F12 (volume up).

  • MalPARK

    Nope – in Boot Camp my Apple (wired) k/b will NOT type  @ when I type Shft + 2. Greetings from DownUnder & Welcome to 2012 – MalP

  • ddevito

    Why would anyone want to use windows on a mac anyway?

  • Justina536

    @readers:disqus my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.read about it and Follow the instructions at Home Income System and set up your account.. http://goo.gl/A0BQg

  • Justina536

    @readers:disqus my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.read about it and Follow the instructions at Online Income solution and set up your account.. http://goo.gl/5qak8

  • Steven Chaffer

    Or you could just borrow someones BC install CD…:)

  • Eddy Suwito
  • Srose428

    That is a GREAT question.  I am trying to make my work PC more of a mac haha

  • Denoir

    @google-6628ae36b67e19e19bdeea713bfaa2f7:disqus ………my neighbor’s mom makes $70/hr on the computer. She has been fired for 7 months but last month her income was $7644 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more LazyCash4. com

  • David Clark

    The Apple wireless keyboard in Windows 7 via Boot Camp does NOT work perfectly…

  • David Clark

    Ever played Skyrim? 
    /thread

  • Nicolas Vieillard

    Thank’s, it works nice with all items like @ ! and itunes play , stop …

  • Jukka Hopeavuori

    This is a 2-year-old article, but in case this helps anone, here’s how I got my apple wireless keyboard to work correctly on a non-apple pc.

    Short explanation:
    You need to install AppleKeyboardInstaller64.exe

    Long explanation:
    I have a macbook, and by starting up Boot Camp Assistant on it and installing the windows support software on a usb stick, AppleKeyboardInstaller64.exe could be found under the Drivers folder. Just running that file under Windows did the trick.

    If you don’t have a mac, that file can be found, for example, here http://www.multiupload.com/LMR5ROCUBX

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