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How to get a German Keyboard in the US?

I called Apple yesterday to ask them if it is possible to order a MacBook Pro with a German (QWERTZ) keyboard. They said, that this is not possible within the US and I should order one in Germany, but Apple Germany wouldn't ship outside of Germany.

Because flying to Germany to get a german keyboard is not an option and more than twice as expansive, I thought about to change the keyboard after the purchase. But where can I get an exchange keyboard with a german keyboard layout and how difficult is it to change it?

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This is so fu*** up. I had bought an iMac with the German layout keyboard. and one letter did not work anymore.It is not possible to get a German Layout Keyboard (or any other language layout) within the US. But if you are on any other webpage from apple, they offer "All" other layouts.

Is this pure ignorance?

It is not possible to get that keyboard anywhere int he USA. It is something I do not understand at all! Does not go into my head.

And who wants a stupid cover.

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We get them directly shipped now without problems! Go to the correct Apple Store Via the country selector (click on the link in my answer) and order online, then put in your shipping address.

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I am a German exchange student living in Portland, OR for the next 5 months. If anyone is interested in my Macbook Pro 13 mid 2012 8 GB Ram, 256 GB SSD German keyboard, feel free to contact me ;)

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I'll take that MacBook if you still have it

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Dominik - Key cap covers or overlays are both good answers here, but, they do add bulk to the keys which will rub on your screen when you close the lid.

Two other alternatives is to pop off the key caps and replace them with the german key caps (as needed) here is a company that sells replacement key caps LaptopKey.com

The other choice is to use an external german bluetooth keyboard leaving the laptops keyboard as is. You can order the keyboard online from Apple and have it shipped inside of the EU to a friend or forwarding service who can then ship it on to you. To access the German Apple online store use this link Apple Store on-line country selector. I often order stuff from Europe and find it real easy having a friend or a forwarding service ship it on to me here in the states.

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This is probably your best option, a lot of people use KB Covers for this purpose, since it's cheaper and easier than buying and installing a whole new keyboard, plus you can always remove it if necessary or if you want to sell it, etc. Whenever people are looking for AZERTY keyboard I refer them to one of these, but here is their QWERTZ model.

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You don't have to do all that if you already have an ISO European keyboard layout. I have a Spanish keyboard Macbook Pro that I use to type in German. All you have to do is go to system preferences> language & text. Click on the Input Sources tab and select the languages you want the keyboard layout to operate under. It will now display the flag of whichever country your language originates from on your menu bar.

You can now cycle through how ever many keyboard layouts you desire at a click. Depending on my needs, I use a Spanish-ISO, German, and U.S. keyboard. If you already know how to type on your layout of choice, there is no need to look at the keys. However, if you don't know the configuration of the keys. You can access it on the Show Keyboard Viewer which is located on the same menu bar which contains the keyboard selections. That should help you get acquainted with the layout.

If you still need further help or can't type without using the hunt and peck method to identify the keys. Then purchase one of those thin plastic keyboard covers which contains your desired layout. They're plenty of them online for sale. This only applies if you already have or plan to purchase a Mac with a European keyboard layout. I don't know what to tell you if you only have a U.S. specific keyboard.

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