How to use Mac Keyboard Viewer to test the Shortcut keys function

February 10, 2021

Pressing certain key combinations on a Mac can help you get more things done than clicking the mouse buttons for the same purpose. You can verify if these shortcut keys are working properly by using the Keyboard Viewer in Mac. Follow these steps to use Mac Keyboard Viewer to test if Shortcut keys are functioning as desired.

How to make use of Mac Keyboard Viewer to test the Shortcut keys function?

Most of the time keyboard viewer Mac is used as a temporary workaround for the physical keyboard if there’s some damage done to it. But you can also use the Mac Keyboard Viewer to test if Shortcut keys are functioning as desired. Here’s how!

  1. Click on the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Choose Keyboard.
  4. Click the Input Sources tab.
  5. See, if the keyboard language that you use is listed on the left side.
  6. If it's not, hit the add button (+).
  7. Select the desired language.
  8. Check the Show Input menu in the menu bar checkbox.
  9. Click the Keyboard tab.
  10. Select ‘Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar’ checkbox.
  11. From the Input menu in the menu bar, select Show Keyboard Viewer.

The Mac keyboard utility resides under the menu bar as a Mac keyboard icon and is readily accessible.

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First, let us see how to make apple keyboard discoverable.

How to make the Apple keyboard discoverable?

On your Mac screen, hover the mouse cursor over the Apple menu and click it to display the list of options.

Mac System Preferences
Mac System Preferences

Select System Preferences.

System Preferences Keyboard
System Preferences Keyboard

When the System Preferences screen pops up. Choose Keyboard.

Input Sources Tab Mac
Input Sources Tab Mac

Under the new Keyboard window, switch to Input Sources tab.

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Now, check if the keyboard language that you use is listed on the left side (Hit the add button (+) to select the desired language, if the language is not listed)

Next, check the Show Input menu in menu bar box as shown in the screenshot above.

Click the Keyboard tab.

Show Keyboard Emoji Viewers
Show Keyboard Emoji Viewers

Select ‘Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar’ checkbox.

Show Keyboard Viewer menu
Show Keyboard Viewer menu

Now, from the Input menu in the menu bar, select Show Keyboard Viewer.

This will show you on-screen keyboard in Mac.

Keyboard Viewer Mac View
Keyboard Viewer Mac View

Press the key on the keyboard to check if the corresponding key highlights on the Keyboard Viewer. For example, when I hold down shift and option keys on the physical keyboard, the corresponding keys of the on-screen keyboard turn grey.

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