Tilt Your Aluminum Apple Keyboard




From the first, I fell in love with the new Apple Aluminum keyboard. It's sleek, has a great laptop-ey feel to the key action, and has enough function keys to land a space shuttle. I had to have one! Upon arrival, I wasn't disappointed with a single thing mentioned above, but there was one thing wrong with the keyboard. It simply sat too flat for my liking. Following is a description of how I gave some tilt to mine, and discovered the true meaning of love and fellowship along the way. I used stuff I had lying around, but even if you had to buy everything, this mod should cost well under $15. This is my first posting on this August site, so please feel free with the constructive criticism, and let's restrain ourselves from Mac/PC hating, or a discussion of typing ergonomics. Bob bless.

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Step 1: Collect Your Materials

To tilt your own keyboard, you'll need the following:

(1) Apple Aluminum Keyboard

(2) Leviton Blank QuickPort Inserts

(2) Self-Adhesive Rubber feet

Super Glue Gel

If you're reading this, you've probably got the keyboard, and the rest can be bought easily at a computer retailer or at your local Home Depot. The blank inserts come in a ten-pack, so you'll have some to mess up with. Look for them in the section that sells networking supplies. They're actually designed to fill an unused hole in a wall plate that holds networking jacks. The exact specifications for the rubber feet aren't really all that important, as long as they fit onto the "Face" of the blank insert well. The Super Glue doesn't really HAVE to be gel, but I like how the gel sticks and gives you a bit of working time. For the sake of all that's good and holy, buy the WHITE blank inserts. Don't mar the appearance of your Apple KB with ivory. Just don't.

Step 2: Glue Inserts A&B to Ridge Q

Before you glue anything, just slip a Blank Insert over the ridge on the bottom of the KB. Perfect fit! Almost like they were designed for this very purpose! This step is nothing more than applying Super Glue to the two surfaces of the blank inserts that will come into contact with the ridge on the KB, then placing the insert on said ridge, and leaving the thing alone for five minutes. Be sure to push the inserts all the way down until the tiny little tabs come in contact with the ridge, so that they'll both be the same height. Otherwise your KB will rock in a really irritating manner while you type. I like to squirt a little pile of the gel on a bit of paper, then use a paperclip or toothpick to apply the glue. If you like to just squirt the glue right on the insert, I'm not here to judge. As for positioning, I put mine near the ends of the ridge for maximum stability. This positioning isn't really critical either, just make sure that they're not too far out so that the USB ports aren't obstructed in any way.

Step 3: Peel-N-Stick

Finally, peel the backing off of your rubber feet, and stick them to the blank inserts, so your KB won't slide around.

Step 4: Final Thoughts

I think we've all learned a little something about ourselves today. One man's flat keyboard can be another's tilted one. We all like different skews. Instead of fighting, let's celebrate our angular diversity. Thank you, and good night.

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    13 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Its funny how few are talking about your TILT JOB but about other OS's. GREAT TILT JOB!!! Oh, I use Mac, Windows, and Linux. COMPUTERS rule!

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    finaly a person that sets aside his differences and at the end of the day says "i like all computers" instead of "MAC RULES ROFLE LMAO LULZ BOOGIE BAA BA " and i say i like macs pc's linux


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I personally use linux, but still use a mac keyboaard. they are far superior to any winblows cheap keyboard, and thats with one meant for an imac! Good instructable Keep up the good work

    3 replies

    The older imac boards are nice to type with, I did huge amounts of movie editing on them in school and they were a joy to tap away at in comparison to any supplied keyboard, granted I'm going to go find myself a nice DVORAK hard wired one to make learning easier, querty just doesn't agree with my tendons as well.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    quick questions. does this keyboard work on Windows Vista? and, if so, how good is its performance on Vista.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Does the mac keyboard work on other operating systems? I use windows but love the apple keyboards and mice.

    1 reply

    Of course they do! Keyboards are rarely ever OS dependent. The only things that might not work are the volume and the brightness buttons. (And of course the keys that use Expose in OS X)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i like that u dint wreck or alter the keyboard, it is nice, i bort one myself, its like typing on silk. The aluminium keyboard also looks incredable hot next to my razer mouse and keyboard - lookie lookie at the picture! both aluminium, they were meant to be


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I love the look of the keyboard, and you took it to the next level! I look forward to seeing more of your instructables.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The last picture is hilarious. But a very good way to tilt the keyboard without sacrificing how nice it looks!