Setting Up Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard on Mac (Sierra)
OSX doesn’t recognize the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard as a keyboard out of the box. It pairs, and you can type, but you can’t remap the command keys. As a Mac user that makes the keyboard pretty much unusable as I would be forever typing “ç√” (option-c option-v) instead of copying and pasting (⌘-c, ⌘-v).
This should also work on El Capitan.1
- Install Karabiner Elements - Karabiner Elements is the new version of the a key remapping tool Karabiner. It lets you intercept and remap keyboard input.
- Launch Karabiner Elements, open the Preferences, and go to the Devices tab and uncheck "Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad". Otherwise, these instructions will also swap the keys on your built in keyboard.
- Switch to the "Simple Modifications Keys" tab and swap both the left and right option keys with the command keys. The screenshot below shows the final state.
- Close the preferences and test that everything is working as expected (⌘-c and ⌘-v to your heart’s content)
- You can also follow my eariler instructions for using Karabiner—not Karabiner Elements—on El Capitan. ↩
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