Believe it or not, I’m typing this post from my Windows 8.1 PC, using my Bluetooth Apple Wireless Keyboard instead of my doltish wired Dell keyboard.
Here’s how I did it…
I had an extra wireless Apple keyboard laying by my desk, dormant, collecting dust.
So I started to ruminate:
I wonder how hard it is to pair this keyboard with my Windows 8.1 laptop?
Oh friends! It isn’t hard at all. Let me show you how breezy it is to knock this tip out the park.
Preparing for pairing
Alright, load a fresh set of double AA’s into your battery chamber then hold down the power button for about 5 seconds until the tiny LED in the upper right corner of the keyboard starts to flash.
Great, now hit the Windows Key + w to zip over to the search settings bar and enter this phrase:
Next, you should see your Apple Wireless Keyboard jump into the list in about 30 seconds.
If your keyboard doesn’t materialize then make sure Windows 8.1 has all the latest updates. If that doesn’t fix it, remove the batteries for a minute, put them back in and try pairing the keyboard again.
You may see a “That didn’t work Please make sure your device is discoverable” error or a “device no longer listening“. The first error is sometimes a corollary of not holding down the keyboard power button long enough and the second error could be a driver issue.
Press the Windows Key + x + m to whip open the Device manager. Make sure you don’t have any yellow alert icons next to any Bluetooth or unknown devices. If so, you might want to remove the device, add it back and then update the drivers.
In addition, if something still isn’t working right ask yourself whether you have existing Bluetooth devices paired with your computer.
If so, you may want to unpair them before attempting to pair your Apple keyboard. That way you can start fresh and incrementally pair your gadgets.
Assuming everything is working so far, click the Pair button then tap in the one-time 8-digit code from your Apple wireless keyboard.
After hitting enter your PC and keyboard are officially married.
Who ever said Apple and Microsoft can’t love each other?
Now you might ask what the non-Windows keys such as Command, Mission Control and Launchpad do?
Ah! I won’t ruin on all the fun – why don’t you try pressing it on your computer to find out!
But I’ll say this much:
- The Command button is the Windows Key
- The Option button is analogous to the Alt key
You can view the full PC-to-Mac keyboard mapping on Apple’s website.