Keyboard Layouts

Windows keyboard layouts map the physical keys of the keyboard to the actual character (or action). While keyboard layouts are well defined for different languages, Apple keyboards are not fully compatible with Windows.

With the Magic Keyboard Layouts we try to make your Apple keyboard more compatible.

Supported keyboard layouts

If your Apple keyboard works fine for you there is absolutely no need to install the Magic Keyboard Layouts.

Canada      Czech       
China Simplified   China Traditional    
Belgium   Danish   Dutch
English - British   English - International   English - United States
Finnish   French   German
Hungarian   Italian   Norway
Polish   Portuguese   Russian
Spanish   Swedish   Swiss
Turkey F   Turkey Q  

Install the Magic Keyboard Layouts

Goto the Download page, download and install the Magic Keyboard Layouts.

Note: If you are using any Apple Mac computer running Boot Camp, do not install as similar layouts have been already installed. You can follow the instructions, just look for (Apple) as layout suffix.

Add the layout as input method

After installation the new keyboard layouts have been installed. Now you need to add yours as a new input method.

Note: In case you can't find the (Magic Utilities) layouts, restart your computer.

Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

  • Open Settings
  • Select Time & Langauge
  • Select Region & language
  • Below "+ Add a language" click on your language i.e. English (United States)  
  • Click on the upcoming Options button
  • Click Add a keyboard
  • Select your keyboard layout which ends with (Magic Utilities), i.e. United States (Magic Utilities)

Windows 10 before before version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Make sure it's set to View by: Category
  • Under Language and Region click Change input methods to open Language Preferences
  • Click Options on the right of your language
  • Under Input method click Add an input method
  • Select the language of your keyboard with (Magic Utilities) as a suffix
  • Click the Add button at the bottom right
  • Click the Save button at the bottom right

Windows 7

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Make sure it's set to View by: Category
  • Under Language and Region click Change keyboards or other input methods to open Keyboards and Language preferences tab.
  • Click the Change keyboards... button
  • Click the Add... button
  • Scroll to your language and press the [+] to expand the branch
  • Press [+] again to expand the Keyboard branch
  • Select the checkbox of the language with the (Magic Utilities) suffix
  • Click OK at the right
  • Click OK at the bottom
  • Click OK at the bottom

Activate the layout

You have two keyboard layouts installed, the current layout and the new layout. In the Windows system tray (right side of the Windows task bar) you will see a keyboard symbol. Click it and activate the new layout. If you don't see the keyboard symbol, click on the little ^ arrow to display hiddon icons.

Test the layout. If you are happy you might consider to remove the previous default layout to hide the keyboard symbol.

We can't test every Apple keyboard out there, there are just too many different language models. Let us know if we missed something.

In case we don't support your layout, you can use the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to create your own customized layout.