Arrangement of characters on MacBook keyboards by country or region

31 March 2022

Arrangement of characters on MacBook keyboards by country or region

Arrangement of characters on MacBook keyboards by country or region

Character arrangement on MacBook keyboards by country or region

Did you know that some keyboard layouts are only available in certain countries or regions? The MacBook keyboard may have variations in the layout of the keys and letters, due to the different languages spoken in the countries where the products are manufactured.

This variety of languages, different from the operating system configuration, eventually leads to some errors due to key exchange.
Open Box Mobile has prepared everything you need to know to identify the original language of your keyboard! It may seem like little, but this little detail makes a big difference in how you use your MacBook.

When you purchase a Mac and set it up for the first time, you'll have to choose the language you want to use, which ultimately influences the layout of the keys. In most countries, keyboards are QWERTY type. However, France and Belgium use AZERTY, and Germany, Switzerland and Austria use QWERTZ.
At the time of purchase, Apple offers options to set up your Mac keyboard at the disposal you want. However, to make our lives easier, it is possible to change the typing layout, either to learn a new language or because we are accustomed to one of them.

Now see all existing Apple keyboard layouts:


To change or add a new keyboard layout, simply go to:

System Preferences

Keyboard, and click the "+" button on the "Keyboard Layouts" tab (in the sidebar).

Then click "Add". If you have more than one layout set up on your system, you'll see more options right at the bottom of the window, such as the option to add a layout menu to the Mac menu bar for quick switching, and you can automatically switch layout as you wish.

The keyboard with the ABNT2 layout has the AltGr key positioned on the right side of the space bar. It has the function of activating the third function of the keys so that it is possible to show three characters on the same key, and the third symbol is on the lower right side of the button. When you press the AltGr key along with a key with the third function active, the combination makes it possible to type symbols that do not have a specific key.
ABNT2 keyboards are those that display the Ç key and have the question mark (?) positioned next to the right Shift key.
These keyboards also differ, for example, from US keyboards in relation to the size of the Enter key, which is smaller compared to other layouts. The International English Keyboard (US) layout pattern does not have the Ç key. On this keyboard, the caret (^) is next to key 6 and the tilde accent (~) is on the same key as the quote ('), located next to the number 1 of the top keys.

Macbooks keyboards in Portugal are very similar to ABNT2, differing only by the fact that they do not have the key and question mark (?) next to the right Shift. In this case, the question button is at the top, next to the number keys. In addition, if the key with the minor and largest symbols (< and >) is on the left, the keyboard has the language layout Portuguese portugal. Some MacBook models allow you to switch keyboard layout without interfering with its operation.

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