// How can I activate caps lock?
It depends on which mode is set through the DIP switch on the back of the keyboard.
HHK mode: Caps Lock is not available.
Lite Ext. or Mac mode: Press Fn + Tab to activate or deactivate Caps Lock.
// I want to have the Fn keys on both sides. Can I change the key layout?
The ◇ or Alt key on the left side can be used as an Fn key by changing the DIP switch settings on the back of the keyboard.
// Is my HHKB compatible with Sun Microsystems’ servers or workstations?
No. They are not supported as HHKB is not detected by OBP (Open Boot Prom).
// Can I connect my HHKB to more than one computer interchangeably through a KVM switch?
No. KVM switches are not supported. Connect the keyboard directly to a computer.
// Can the Delete key function as a BackSpace key?
Yes. The Delete key can be used as a Backspace key by configuring the DIP switch settings. The key however always functions as a Delete key in the Mac mode.
// Can I use a USB to PS/2 converter?
No. Conversion from USB to PS/2 is not supported.
// I cannot use the Eject key or the multimedia keys (Volume Up/Volume Down/Mute) on the keyboard.
Those keys are not available with Windows. (The multimedia keys are available with Mac).
// I cannot use the Eject key on my HHKB. How can I use them?
The Eject key is not available.
// Can I power on or off a computer through my HHKB?
To power off a computer, use the Power key (Fn + Esc) on the keyboard.
HHKB cannot power on a computer. Use the power button on the computer to turn it on.
// Does the driver for Mac support my Mac?
The driver supports Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later.
HHKB Pro2 Connectivity & Settings
Current output of the Integrated USB HUB
The 2x USB downstream ports (USB HUB) on the back side supply a current of 100 mA on each port.
Before connecting a USB device to the ports, check that the consumption current of your USB device does not exceed 100 mA or the USB device may not be detected and may not function correctly.
HHKB Pro2 Dip-Switch Settings
By using the Dip-Switches on the back of the keyboard, you can change the Keyboard Mode and functions of some of the keys on the Keyboard. The HHKB mode is set as the factory default.
Important! Please disconnect the HHKB from the host PC before changing the Dip Switch settings or changes may not be recognised and you may damage the product.
To change Dip Switch settings, we recommend using a small screwdriver that is approximately 1.2mm in diameter.
Keyboard Mode Selection
|DIP SWITCH 1||DIP SWITCH 2||Keyboard Mode|
|ON||OFF||Lite Ext. Mode|
Key Assignment & Enabling Wake-Up Host PC Feature
|DIP SWITCH #||Key/Function||SWITCH OFF||SWITCH ON|
|DIP SWITCH 3||Delete Key||Delete||Backspace|
|DIP SWITCH 4||Meta Key 2||Meta||Fn|
|DIP SWITCH5||Alt Key||Alt||Meta|
|DIP SWITCH 6||Wake-Up Host PC by Keyboard 3||Disabled||Enabled|
2 The Left Meta key functions as:
- Windows key under Microsoft Windows
- Command Key under macOS
3 When Wake-Up Host PC feature is enabled:
- The keyboard consumes power even if the computer is in a suspended state.
- You may need to change the Profile or settings in the Power Management settings of the host PC’s Operating System.
- This feature may not work on all systems.
- The Keyboard may not be recognised by the host PC when resuming from a suspended state on some systems. If this happens, disconnect the USB cable from the keyboard’s Mini-USB port and reconnect it.
How to Use the Function Keys
To use the codes that are shown on the front facing side of the keys such as F1 to F12, PgUp (Page Up), Caps, and arrows (cursor), hold down the [Fn] key and press the relevant key.
|Key Name||Function||HHKB Mode||Lite Ext. Mode||Mac Mode|
|PSc/SRq||Print Screen/Sys Req||✓||✓||✓|
|Vol_Dn||Volume Down||✓ 1|
|Vol_Up||Volume Up||✓ 1|
1 Apple macOS only.
Using the Height Adjustment Mechanism.
The height adjustment mechanism is located on the bottom of the keyboard, allowing you to adjust the height at the rear of the keyboard to suit your preference. There are three different height settings:
- Low (default)
Select the same height setting on the Left and Right sides of the keyboard, ensuring the feet click correctly into position.
Keyboard Layouts & Settings
To use the HHKB in Windows, go to ‘Regional Settings’, ‘Keyboards & Languages’ tab, click the ‘Change Keyboards’ button and ensure you have the following keyboard installed:
English (United Kingdom): ‘Keyboard – United Kingdom’
French (France): ‘Keyboard – French’
German (Germany): ‘Keyboard – German’
Italian (Italy): ‘Keyboard – Italian’
Spanish (Spain): ‘Keyboard – Spain’
You can use the ‘Add’ button to add the required Keyboard if it is not already installed in Windows.
Japanese Keyboard Settings
If you use the HHKB with the Japanese keyboard setting, you cannot input symbols such as brackets and @ in accordance with the symbols on the keys.
When you connect the keyboard to a laptop computer with a Japanese keyboard and change the keyboard layout setting to the English keyboard, you cannot input symbols in accordance with the symbols on the keys of the laptop computer. This is caused by a feature of the operating system.
After the dedicated driver for macOS is installed, the [Alt] key works as the [Option] key and the  key works as the [Command] key.
To use multimedia keys, press the [Fn] key and one of the following keys at the same time.
Available on macOS only.
English Keyboard Layout
French Keyboard Layout
German Keyboard Layout
Italian Keyboard Layout
Spanish Keyboard Layout
Windows® 10 64-Bit
Windows® 10 32-Bit
Windows® 8.1 64-Bit
Windows® 8.1 32-Bit
Windows® 8 64-Bit
Windows® 8 32-Bit
Windows® 7 64-Bit
Windows® 7 32-Bit
Windows® Server 2016
Windows® Server 2012
Windows® Server 2008
Windows® Server 2003
macOS High Sierra (10.13)
macOS Sierra (10.12)
macOS El Capitan (10.11)
macOS Yosemite (10.10)
macOS Mavericks (10.9)
macOS Mountain Lion (10.8)
macOS Lion (10.7)
macOS Snow Leopard (10.6)
macOS Leopard (10.5)
Using HHKB on Other Systems
The HHKB Pro2 may work on many other Operating Systems although PFU cannot guarantee the keyboard is operable with any Operating Systems except those listed above.
Windows® is a registered trademark or a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
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