Keyboard mapping for national-specific layouts

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Location of specific characters like '@', '{' , '#', 'ô', 'è' and many others differ greatly in Mac OS X and Windows keyboard layouts, so you need to use different key combinations and shortcuts to type them.

To eliminate this inconvenience you need to choose equal layouts in Mac and Windows.

(NOTE: Sometimes it is impossible because there is no appropriate pair for every existing Mac layout in Windows and vice versa.)


From within Windows go to Start menu -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options.

Switch to "Languages" and click on "Details". Add proper language - the same as you have in Mac (Example: French) and Keyboard layout marked as Apple (French (Apple) in our case):

The same can be done for a Vista Virtual machine:

All the letters and signs should be at the same places as they are in Mac.


To solve the problem, please, install Boot Camp drivers for Windows in your virtual machine:

  1. Start the virtual machine;
  2. Insert the Mac OS X Installation DVD or the Mac OS X Lion USB stick;
  3. Click on Devices -> CD/DVD-Rom -> Real CD/DVD-Rom in the Parallels Desktop top dropdown menu, or DevicesMAC OS X Lion USB stick;
  4. Open "My Computer" in Windows;
  5. Right-click on Boot Camp drive (DVD or USB) and choose "Open";
  6. Find setup.exe file in the /Bootcamp/ folder and double-click it. The installation should start.

NOTE: If you do not have Mac OS X DVD or USB stick, please perform the following steps:

1.Launch the Boot Camp Assistant.

The Assistant resides in your Utilities folder inside your Applications folder. You can use Launchpad to reach it quickly: click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, click the Utilities folder icon, and then click the Boot Camp Assistant icon.

2.Click Continue at the Introduction screen.

The Boot Camp Assistant Support Software screen appears.

3.Click the Download the Windows Support Software for This Mac radio button and click Continue.

Boot Camp Assistant can copy these drivers to a blank CD, blank DVD, or to an external drive. You load the disc or drive after your Windows installation is complete, and it provides all the drivers that Windows needs for your Mac’s hardware.

When Boot Camp drivers are installed, Windows can be rebooted. Then, go to Start menu -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options.

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