Configuring a Shared USB Keyboard with Your MacBook

While the MacBook keyboard works continuously and is one of the best keyboards on a machine without a desktop, a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad has use. In most cases, you can set up a public USB keyboard with your MacBook.

In this article, we’ll show you how to set up a public USB keyboard with your MacBook. We’ll also look at some solutions if you’re having trouble making things work.

Configuring a Shared USB Keyboard with Your MacBook

In most cases, the keyboard is “plug and play”. In other words, they should only work out of the box. Note that most modern MacBooks – certainly those released over the last couple of years – only have USB -C ports. If you are using an older USB keyboard, you may need an adapter, even if the process described below is the same.

Once you have connected the keyboard to the USB port, you will see the keyboard installation wizard.

Click Continue. The Mac tracks your remaining keyboard and prompts you to press the keys next to each Shift key.

The last pop-up window asks you to select the keyboard type you want, and in most cases you can select the default keyboard.

At this point, you’re almost done, but you need to make sure the edit keys are set correctly.

Setting edit keys

If you skip this step, you may have problems with familiar keyboard shortcuts. Order – for example, copy and paste shortcuts.

To get started, go to “System Preferences -> Keyboard”. From this panel, open the “Edit Keys …” screen in the lower right corner.

The Mac edit keys are Change, Control, Option (Alt), Orderand Caps Lock. In the next dialog, select the USB keyboard.

Here you can quickly enter a command from the drop-down menu below the control key.

You can leave the rest of the default settings or assign more edit keys to suit your needs. When you are finished, click OK to save the settings.

After that, you are done. You can disconnect the USB keyboard at any time while retaining the settings, but you will be prompted to configure the keyboard settings if you connect a new keyboard.

How to fix a common USB keyboard that your MacBook doesn’t detect

In some cases, your Mac does not recognize your public USB keyboard. If that happens to you, Apple there are some tips make things work again:

  • Find out the basics and make sure the keyboard is connected properly. USB-C connections often do not work at the port level like the old ones. Therefore, you may misjudge the connection.
  • If your keyboard needs drivers, you need to make sure they are installed.
  • If you are using one USB device in another, check them separately before continuing.
  • Remove all other devices to test the keyboard alone.
  • Restart the applications you opened, and restart your computer if necessary.

You may also want to take further action. Resetting the system controller and PRAM may be an option if you desperately want the USB keyboard to work.

However, it is rare for the keyboard not to work on a Mac. We recommend that you have a professional examine your machine if you have any problems.


In most cases, the MacBook’s default keyboard does a good job. It may be the best keyboard on the market, although in many cases it is not the best solution. The good news is that you can connect a public USB keyboard to your MacBook, and most of the time it works without interference.

If you want to improve the performance of MacOS regardless of your keyboard, we’ve released a scam sheet for all the major macOS keyboard shortcuts. Then if you’re looking for fun, check out the best Apple Arcade games you can play on your Mac. Does this article help you use a generic USB keyboard with your MacBook? Tell us in the comments section below!

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