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Fixing the Dell Mini OSX Keyboard problem

The Dell Mini I use with OSX has the US keyboard layout, but a friend of mine layout and had a pr0blem that after his OSX instal, he could not get the backslash symbol to work using the key immediately to the right had side of the space bar. It comes up as ` instead.

I eventually fixed this problem, and you need to do the following:

1. Place the windows-uk.keylayout file in your ‘/Users/yourname/Library/Keyboard Layouts/’ folder (if you don’t have a ‘Keyboard Layouts’ folder there, just create one). You should make sure to unzip the file by double-clicking it in the Finder, rather than using the command line, as it appears this can corrupt this particular file.

2. Next, open System Preferences and click ‘International’. Click ‘Input Menu’ and select the checkbox next to ‘windows-uk.keylayout’. Make sure the checkbox at the bottom of the window, next to ‘Show input menu in menu bar’ is selected and then quit System Preferences.

3. Now you should be able to select the ‘windows-uk.keylayout’ keyboard layout from the little icon towards the right of the menu bar.

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Jim is CEO of Storage Made Easy. Jim is a regular blogger at since 2004, covering mobile, Grid, and Cloud Computing Topics.