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Updated Microsoft Keyboard & Mouse Drivers 6.1 for OS X

March 5, 2007

In the process of mucking about with all of my HID (“human interface device”) drivers the other day, I managed to mess up my keyboard mapping (I use a Microsoft keyboard) so that occasionally it would get in the mode where the “Alt” key to the right of the spacebar was mapped as the Command key, and not the one on the left side.

Sheesh…

(Yes, I know Mac keyboards should only have one of these keys, and it should be labeled with the little “Command Key” symbol. Unfortunately, I still have to use Windows with this keyboard occasionally, Microsoft makes better keyboards, and feel free to burn me in effigy as a heretic.)

So, I do a little digging around, and it turns out that Microsoft released version 6.1 of their “IntelliType” and “IntelliPoint” (read “keyboard” and “mouse” drivers, respectively) drivers on 11/30/2006.

Who knew?

Versiontracker still shows 5.0 as the current version; the last copy I saw didn’t even support the Intel Macs.

Office Update didn’t find it.

You know, this is 2007; you shouldn’t even have to look for new drivers, at least not beyond the usual places.

Anyway, I installed it, and it solved the problem.

As a bonus, I can undo the key swap in Apple’s keyboard preferences, so I don’t have to manually switch it back and forth when going from the external to built-in keyboards.

I just thought I’d mention it in case I’m not the only person who didn’t know this version was out there…

You can find them right here.

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