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UK.keylayout lets you modify UK keyboard mappings.

The standard British key layout makes a UK-issue Apple keyboard work as it should do, but for some of us who have typed on non-Apple keyboards our whole lives - or for those Mac owners who are using a third-party keyboard - the Apple standard layout doesn't feel quite right. For example, Shift+2 gives you @, whereas on more standard keyboards it gives you ".

This file will map the " @ # ~ | £ ` keys to be where you would expect them to be on a UK keyboard.

What's New

Version 070426:
  • Changed Option+3 -> #, Option+ -> ` (grave or back-tick)


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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I don't care what the origins of Ascii are, this little program has made my life so much better. As a new UK mac use typng the " and @ constantly wrong was driving me mad. THANK YOU !!

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Version 070426
Anonymous Member IconReview

Nice work, but I can't help thinking it's a lost cause. You go looking for the @ sign and you can't remember where you put it...

Personally, I want to be able to buy Macs with real US keyboards, because
1. The first letter of "ASCII" stands for "American"
2. I learnt to touchtype on a US keyboard.

For 1., it makes more sense that !@#$% are in the order they appear in the code table, and for 2., there's a useable left-shift key, instead of it being hijacked by the backtick/tilde key, which should be where that other useless key is. Who ever used a § or a ± anyway?

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Version 050306
Anonymous Member Icon

im sorry, but is that comment entirely necesary?!

this is an application to help people in the UK to have a keyboard layout that they recognise, particularly switchers.

please leave your senseless comments of "the A in ASCII is for AMERICAN therefore no one else is allowed anything different and your all wrong for wanting to be different". thats a poor attitude.

closing comment, bringing myself down to your level, may i remind u, that you speak english.

to the DEV, absolutely fantastic work, i commend you, only wish i had found this a year ago when i switched!

Anonymous Member Icon

And the second word is what?

I realise websites do not allow us to tell if humour is being applied, or irony. Maybe you were being sarcastic. What the character set has to do with the Keyboard layout is beyond me.

Mark Everitt

ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange

But I'm stumped too. Surely this comment about -American- keyboards has no place as a review for an English key map. I can appreciate this because it was awkward for me to adject from a UK standard keyboard to a Mac UK keyboard.

Anyone ever seen a keyboard with the QWERTY replaced with ' !"#$'? ASCII indeed!

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Current Version (070426.x)


Downloads 3,038
Version Downloads 2,097
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 13 Jul 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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