How to use two keyboards on one computer

The world of computer technology is becoming more diverse every day. Some computer-related activities may require the use of additional monitors, speakers, headphones, microphones, computer mice, etc. Keyboards are also not an exception in this case. 

Many people think that two keyboards are twice as good as one, but that’s not always true. In this article, we’ll tell you why you might need multiple keyboards and how to use them at the same time.

What can you use two keyboards for

First of all, you certainly can’t type on two keyboards at the same time. So you will use them one by one, for different programs or monitors. And that’s the first benefit because you are improving your productivity. For example, you can divide your work into two different parts or two screens. The left keyboard would be for the left window or screen, and the right keyboard for the right one. Moreover, you can choose different keyboards for different tasks. Playing video games on one keyboard, chatting on another. 

Some video games provide the ability to use two keyboards to play with a friend at the same time on the same computer. If you’re playing a game together, being able to see the same screen can make coordination and teamwork much easier.

How to you use two keyboards at once

Using two keyboards on one computer is not that difficult to set up. On most operating systems, it’s easy to connect and work. If you are trying to use two Bluetooth keyboards on one computer, you will need a unifying receiver. If you are using a virtual machine, two keyboards on the same computer are not possible without complicated coding, so most people should try to avoid it.

So, if you want to use two keyboards on one computer, you can just plug the second keyboard in. It is easier if you are using the Windows operating system, as it immediately detects the keyboard and you can use it.

You may run into a small problem if you try to use one or two Bluetooth keyboards because Windows sometimes struggle to differentiate between the two. This is because Windows sometimes just disconnects the second keyboard from the Bluetooth connection while you are using the first one. To avoid this, you should update the drivers.

If you don’t have enough USB ports, you’ll need what’s called a multi or unifying receiver. Some brands, such as Logitech, have their own unified receiver, which allows you to connect multiple keyboards and mice to a single USB port.

How to you use two keyboards for PC and VM

If you want to use one keyboard for a PC and another for a virtual machine (VM), you may run into difficulties. In some cases, you will have to use complex coding. Ubuntu does have trouble separating external keyboards. 

Using both PC and VM keyboards alternately would be fine. Macs and iOS are much easier because the Mac runs on a multi-user system. This means that not only can you connect multiple users at the same time, but you can also use two mice and two keyboards.

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