Windows Keyboard Equivalents To The Mac's Key
Windows Keyboard Equivalents To The Mac's Key

Whether you’ve installed macOS Catalina on a virtual machine or actually on your Windows PC via Hackintosh, you’d probably need to use the keyboard. Regardless of where you’re using Catalina on, there are definitely some changes to make. If you’ve attempted to install Catalina on VirtualBox, there would be probably some problem with the mouse and keyboard that won’t work. But that’s not a huge deal, we had covered it up in the installation and we’ve also done it separately for fixing this problem. Here is Windows Keyboard Equivalents To The Mac’s Key.

When it’s fixed, then you may realize is that your keyboard isn’t responding to what you were doing on Windows. Because of the differences between these two operating systems, their keyboards are different too. So they’ve different keys except for their ABC layout and minor things, those working keys are different on here. In this case, with these instructions, we’ll provide you all the keys of the Windows that are equivalent to the keys on Mac. Here is Windows Keyboard Equivalents To The Mac’s Key.

Windows Keyboard Equivalents

Whether you’re using macOS on PC or Mac with Windows keyboard, the Windows keyboard should work properly. Regardless of how the keyboard is connected to the computer and regardless of which version of the macOS you’re using, the keyboard should work completely fine. Of course, not all of the keys are the same, but they should work what they are supposed to when you’d use them for the particular purpose.

On-Screen Mac Keyboard

There are two ways you can access a Mac keyboard. Like the Windows, Mac has also the on-screen keyboard which pops up on the screen with all the keys. This is easy to use and it’s there within the Mac.

All you’ve to do is open up System Preferences then click keyboard.


Now enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar.

Show keyboard
Show keyboard

Next, from the top, click on the A icon and select Show Keyboard Viewer.

Show keyboard viewer
Show keyboard viewer

The keyboard will now appear like this.

On screen keyboard
On-screen keyboard


But that isn’t quite useful all the time. Like for booting into safe mode, so this will won’t there.

Windows Keyboard Keys Equivalents To Mac Keyboard

There are some primary keys on Mac that are different with a Windows keyboard but functions no different than they do on a Windows keyboard. So they definitely make it difficult to use those keys from the Windows keyboard. For instance, for startup your Mac into recovery mode, so for that, you’d certainly need to press the Command (⌘) – R key when restarting, but that key isn’t there on a Windows keyboard instead there’s another key that works instead of it but that’s what you don’t know about.

This is where you’d need to do. Here are the most common Windows keyboard equivalents to the Mac keyboard which you can use.

Windows Key Mac Key
Ctrl ⌃ Control
Alt ⌥ Option
Windows ⌘ Command
Backspace ⌫ Delete
Enter ⏎ Return

These equivalent keys work everywhere on a Mac including startup and even on third-party software. In this case, they are completely useful and good to remember so it’s easy to work with. But for those who are new, it’s gonna be a bit difficult.

Beside that, there’s always room for customization that you can change the positions of the keys. The most common swap is the Command and Option keys. This is easy.

From the System Preferences, open Keyboard.


But this time click on Modifier Keys and there change the keys to your plan.

Modifier Keys
Modifier Keys

At the end when it’s done, there should be no problem using the keyboard everywhere. For some time, this would be somewhat confusing but with the past of time, you will be familiar with it.

That’s it. If there’s something you’d like to tell us, we’re happy to hear from you.


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