I got a Macbook with a German keyboard layout, and I am not accustomed to it. This post summarizes some tweaks made to the German version of Macbook to make it work for me.
Add an input source for US keyboard
Luckily I have also got a magic keyboard with US keyboard layout.
To use it, we need to add a new input source for it, go to keyboard section in system settings.
Text Input --> Input Sources, click
edit and then click
+ in the bottom left corner to add new keyboard.
Choose English, and then select a keyboard layout. For example, we can use
US, they are more or less the same.
How to type special German characters easily
In the US keyboard, we can not type special German chars directly, but there are some shortcuts to input them.
- To type umlaut character, i.e.,
äöü. Press option key and
utogether, release now, and then press the un-umlauted character to get its umlaut char.
- To type
ß, simply press Option and
sat the same time.
- type special German char on macOS, https://www.nthuleen.com/teach/misc/typingumlauts.html
Switch the Fn and function keys in macOS
When I press functions keys on my macOS, they perform the functions printed on the keyboard,
for example, if I press
F12, the system volume is turned up, instead
Fn + F12 works as real
I do not like this behavior, and would like to switch the behavior. How to do this?
Open system settings, open
keyboard settings pane, click
In the opened page, click
Function Keys and turn on the option
Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.
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