Difference Between Mac and PC Keyboards

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Mac and PC keyboards have many similarities, but also have differences. Both keyboards look similar, but there are different keys that are for specific to a Mac, just as there are certain keyboard shortcuts for the PC.

Mac Keyboard

  • Mac keyboards have keys specifically for the Mac computer. The Apple key is a central key for shortcuts, such as copying and pasting. The backspace key is called "Delete." To get to a second line in a document, the "Return" key is pressed.

PC Keyboard

  • The PC keyboard has a Windows key that functions to open the Start menu. The "cntl" and "alt" key are for copying and pasting. To get to a second line in a document, the "Enter" key is pressed and there is a "Backspace" key.

Differences

  • To print a page on a PC, the Print Screen button is pressed. On a Mac, it is a combination of "FN+Shift+F11." To use the keypad, the Num Lock key is pressed for a PC, while on the Mac, the Clear key is pressed. The "alt" key on the PC is the "option" key on the Mac.

Considerations

  • The PC keyboard resembles the typewriter keys, while a Mac has its own "special" keys that can seem foreign to PC users. Some of these unique keys include the "apple" key and the "fn" key.

Final Thoughts

  • A Mac keyboard can be used on PC; this can be useful with the new Intel Mac computers.

References

  • Photo Credit "Apple Keyboard vs. NeXT ADB keyboard (circa 1992)" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: blakespot (Blake Patterson) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "hollow apple" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: thedak (David Liu) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "Black Keyboard" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: zulfinho (Zulfikar Dharmawan) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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