Listening only to your courage, you set out to plug your Apple keyboard into a computer powered by Windows 8.1 . Everything seems to be working fine, but some keys are not in the right place and they tend to hit the system on you. Fortunately, there is a silly way to map your keyboard and make sure it is recognized by the system.
And in reality, all you're going to have to do is rely on a tool specially developed by Microsoft. Her name ? Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, and you can find it at this address .
The thing is, the instructions don't come with it, and it's not necessarily easy to use, so this little guide should be very useful for you.
After installing it on your machine, simply launch the program by snooping on the screen listing all the applications installed on your computer. Windows 8.1 will then display your desktop, with a nice keyboard right in the middle of the screen. The first step will be to load one of the pre-saved configurations. To do so, click on the “File” menu and look for the “Load Existing Keyboard” option.
A list will appear before your eyes. List made up of about fifty proposals. Scroll down to the “French” option, and select the associated line before clicking on the “Ok” button.
Before going any further, you will have to save the configuration so as not to overwrite the old one. Simply go to the “File” folder, click on the “Save Source File As…” option and select the destination directory, without forgetting to indicate a name along the way. Without space, and without accent.
That's not all because you will also have to modify all the information associated with your keyboard. This time, you will have to go to the “Project” menu and click on the “Properties” option. A new window will appear on the screen. Modify each field by indicating the name of your keyboard, its description (essential to easily find it later) or its language. Validate by clicking on the “Ok” button.
Now it's time to get down to business and map your keyboard.
The mapping phase
You might as well warn you right away, this is the longest and most difficult phase, because you will have to take care to check each key. Finally apart from the letters, which shouldn't really change from one keyboard to another.
And to be as productive as possible, you have to start by familiarizing yourself with the software interface. Most important, these are the elements placed to the left of the keyboard because they are the ones that will activate the different configurations associated with the keyboard. We must not lose sight of the fact that some keys will allow you to display no less than three different letters, depending on the shortcut used.
To change the value of a key, it's frankly not complicated because you just have to click on it. Then, well, it will simply be necessary to change the value of the key by entering the new desired character.
Simple? Yes, but it is not the right way to go. To save time and avoid errors, your best bet is to open this command prompt, and immediately click on the “All” button. The window that will then open will list all the options for the key, and you can thus define the associated character for each condition (with Shift, etc.).
And the funny thing is that you will have to redo the manipulation for each key.
But what if our keyboard does not have one of the keys indicated by the utility? Don't worry, Microsoft has it planned and it's perfectly possible to “erase” a key by declaring it dead. All you have to do is right click on it and go for the “Set a dead key” option. It will then be grayed out and it will no longer be taken into account by the system.
When you're done, all you have to do is verify the integrity of your keyboard by carefully examining each configuration.
Save the keyboard, and load it
Then, well you will have to start by recording it, just to be able to easily come back to it later. When it's done, all you have to do is export it and create the installation package.
How? 'Or' What ? Just click on the “Project” menu and go for the option. The tool will start up and carry out the requested operations. Wait quietly until it shows you the report. There, if you did your job well, then it will tell you that everything went well.
If this is not the case, it will offer to display a log and you will therefore know what is wrong with your mapping.
At this point, your keyboard has been added to the Windows 8.1 setup. To load it, or rather to activate it, it is not complicated because you just have to click on the FRA hidden in your toolbar, near the clock, and click on your keyboard in the list.
Note that this list also displays a link pointing to the Language Preferences. If you have to delete one of your keyboards for one reason or another, well that's where you have to go snooping.
You will have probably understood it, but this method works with any type of keyboard, and not only with the one produced by Apple.