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Using a German Keyboard in the UK

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So I have a Filco Majestouch Mechanical keyboard and it is awesome, but I have recently moved in with my girlfriend and the computer is in our bedroom. Im a late night internet blogger and my keyboard is now way too loud for my girlfriend to sleep. I could use my chromebook, but I like having my PC! I looked around and came across a nice reasonable price keyboard called the Logitech Illuminated, quiet to the touch and backlights for those late night sessions. The UK layout keyboard was around £50, and the German was just £22, so I went for that because I assume I can just switch the keys around and use it as a UK layout right? Am I right in this thinking or have I made a huge mistake? biggrin.gif
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You... may or may not have. 

 

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Solitude R2.0
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Klein
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AMD Phenom II X6 1100T ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition Corsair 16GB Vengeance Blue @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD LITE-ON iHAS 424-98 Corsair H80 + 2X Corsair 120MM Fans 
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Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Backlit HDMI Monitor Cherry G80-3800 Cherry MX Blue Corsair 850W Professional Series Gold 
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Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse Plantronics GameCom 367 
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Well if I switch the Z and the Y key and then the colon/semi colon to match the full stop and UK spot for that semi colon, then it should be fine without any issues. I touch type anyways so I know where the keys should be, its just any compatibility issues I was a bit worried about. Luckily they have a return policy incase all goes wrong.
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You only need to change the keyboard layout in Windows and it will act like a UK keyboard.
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Thanks. I kept the UK layout and swapped the Y and Z keys round, as well as the semi colon and the comma keys. Everything works as intended, and although some things like slashes etc are different symbols, I know what they should be so it works for me. Bargain at £22, and the backlights are awesome. It is also indeed very quiet and didn't wake my girlfriend once whilst I was up late last night configuring my New York server
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