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I got a Microsoft bluetooth keyboard. My Macbook Pro was able to detect it and use it. The keyboard has a lot of extra keys, such as keys to control the volume and put the computer to sleep. The Macbook Pro recognizes some of these keys and respond to them correctly. However, there are some keys which do not work, like "My Documents" and "Mail." I tried to set these keys up using keyboard shortcuts in system preferences, but when I press the key for the keyboard shortcut, the computer doesn't seem to detect anything.

How can I set up these other keys to do useful things?

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I would give this app a look: KeyRemap4Macbook. Although it can remap the keys on a keyboard, I have a suspicion that some of those keys on the keyboard are not actually giving keycodes, but are initiating macros.

Also, check out these two apps to see which keycodes are being sent to your computer during key presses and combinations:

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The extra keys don't generate any key codes, even the keys that work. So now I'm wondering how the Mac is able to respond to these keys that work even though they don't generate any key codes. –  tony_sid Sep 4 '10 at 4:25
    
Maybe because it's a bluetooth keyboard? I'm sort of stumped now... –  pattern86 Sep 4 '10 at 6:06
    
Can the Key Codes app read it now? –  pattern86 Sep 4 '10 at 6:18
    
Yes, it's a bluetooth keyboard. After installing the ItelliPoint software the Key Codes app still can't detect anything from those keys, but those keys work now and can be configured. –  tony_sid Sep 4 '10 at 6:49
    
Great! Don't forget to mark your question as answered... maybe you can give the answer to yourself? Haha. –  pattern86 Sep 4 '10 at 9:44
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I can't find these of the Microsoft website, but Apple Downloads has Microsoft IntelliPoint and IntelliType software last updated January 11, 2010. Have you tried that?

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After installing the IntelliPoint software and rebooting, it only shows an icon in system preferences for Microsoft Mouse, and not Microsoft Keyboard. –  tony_sid Sep 4 '10 at 4:38
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Microsoft has a tool for helping you find the latest Mac or Windows drivers for your various Microsoft hardware products. Without knowing exactly which Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard you have, I poked around and discovered that for at least some keyboards, IntelliType Pro v8.0 is available, apparently from July 18th 2010. If you downloaded v6.x or v7.x as other answers have suggested, you might want to use this tool and see whether v8.x (or later?) applies for your exact product, in order to have the latest bug fixes and features.

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=MK

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I downloaded and installed IntelliType Pro and IntelliPoint 6.21 for Mac OSX , then rebooted. When I went into System Preferences, there was a new icon called Microsoft Keyboard. After using that utility I was able to get all the extra keys working.

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