Using Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard with Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard is great to your wrist and hands for people who uses keyboards a lot. It’s a quite affordable keyboard as well (~$50).

Microsoft provides Intellitype Pro 8.2 software/driver for Mac OS but the official support ends with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). The software works to some extent however with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, for example, you can still swap Windows Key and Alt/Option key to match the layout of a Mac keyboard, which is probably the only reason I’d need the Microsoft driver.

With the upgrade to El Capitan, Intellitype cannot even detect the keyboard any more, so it becomes completely useless.

But there is a saviour, Karabiner, “A powerful and stable keyboard customizer for OS X.”. Karabiner utilizes Mac OS X accessibility API and enables you to do whatever you want with keyboard mapping plus many other things.

The wonderful thing to me is that Karabiner even has an option for Ergonomic 4000 keyboard! All I wanted can be archived by selecting a couple of options:

Karabiner settings for Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000
Keyboard

Update [Oct 15, 2015]

This is my configuration to also re-map the right Alt and Menu keys to Command-R and Option-R: Karabiner settings for Microsoft Natural
Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard
(Updated)


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