Working remotely on Windows using a Mac

Working on Windows Machines using a Mac (Remote Desktop) can be annoying when being a power user/developer because the keyboard isn’t 100% compatible.

There are two main “issues”:
1. Your Mac keyboard has a “command” key, which is used for copy and pasting text for example, Windows on the other hand does that with the CTRL key.
2. Your mac keyboard layout might not be available on Windows, so special key usage can be frustrating.

The good thing is that there is always a solution for everything:

For the issue 1 I suggest using “Karabiner” to map some special command keys to ctrl keys. For example CTRL-C, CTRL-V and others.
I’ve developed my own “complex modification” configuration, feel free to use it. You can find it here. Instructions are in the comments.

For the issue 2 I developed my own Windows keyboard layout with a software from Microsoft itself called MS Keyboard Layout Creator. All keys are mapped exactly as they are present on the German Swiss layout I am using. Feel free to create your own, it’s really simple. You can find the layout and some instructions here.

If you use an external (windows like) keyboard, I have some more karabiner configurations ready to use. Feel free to contact me if you need them.

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