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How to switch to my Mac keyboard layout in Windows virtual machine?

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition


When you run Windows Virtual Machine on your Mac some keys return different symbols when you hit them in your Virtual Machine window.


Windows keyboard layout and Mac keyboard layout do not match.


In order to resolve this issue, you need to install Parallels Tools from Virtual Machine > Install Parallels Tools menu item and do the following:

Go to Start > Control Panel -> Regional and Language options and find the following keyboard input languages available for Apple layout:

  • Belgian
  • Canadian French
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Swiss French
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States ISO/RU
  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)

NOTE: Language with Apple keyboard layout is marked as (Apple) - Parallels in the list.

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