I rearranged my desk space at work today, and decided to try out my Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard and mouse with my Mac mini. Pairing happened without a hitch, and even though I did have to jump through some “identify your keyboard” hoops after pairing the keyboard (press the button next to the shift keys), my Mac now sees a Microsoft Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse.
The volume up/down and mute buttons on the keyboard work, as do all of the Function keys. The “Sleep” button brings up a dialog prompting to Restart, Sleep, Cancel, or Shut Down. All the other fancy buttons, though, such as Favorites, Media, Mail, etc. don’t work (to be expected, since Microsoft’s Intellipoint software controls these on Windows). The scroll wheel on the keyboard works, which was a pleasant surprise. I also learned how the “Windows” key behaves on a Mac – it acts like the Apple/Command key on an Apple keyboard. Alt and Ctrl both do the same thing you’d expect them to.
The Bluetooth Intellimouse Explorer works as expected, too. The scroll wheel works, and when I click the scroll wheel, it brings up Dashboard, just like on the Mighty Mouse. The side button (“Back” in WIndows”) activates Exposé, just like the squeeze side buttons on the Mightly Mouse. There’s a fifth button on the side of the Intellimouse Explorer that the Mac doesn’t seem to be able to use (it was “forward” under Windows), which is kind of a bummer, but again understandable, since it’s the Microsoft Intellipoint software that handles all those fancy functions under WIndows.
What did I do with my Apple keyboard and Mighty Mouse? Why, hooked them up to my Tablet PC, of course.
It’s a topsy turvy Mac/Windows mashup in Josh Bancroft land, folks.