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Published September 20, 2015

NOTE: This article shows how to setup a Bluetooth Keyboard, however it should also be possible to use these steps to enable the soft keyboard and avoid the need for a physical keyboard at all.

Recently I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out how to do this and every forum thread I came across claimed it was impossible.  The problem is that when you intially boot the mini, it will detect a bluetooth mouse but for whatever reason *will not* detect a bluetooth keyboard.  Once you get to the initial account creation screen, a keyboard is required to enter a name and password, otherwise you cant proceed.

I came across a method for setting up OSX Server headlessly with VNC, but since I wasnt running Server it didnt help.  After reading through what I could find through Google searches, I decided to do some experimentation of my own.

My first first idea was to try and copy text from wherever I could find copy-able text and then past that into the name / password fields.  I did find some copy-able text on the error dialog that appears after attempting to submit the empy account /password form, but to my dismay, I discovered that the paste option was disabled for input fields.

My next idea was to try and plug in a headset and use the text to speech options that come up when you right click the form input fields.  Unfortunately, even with a headset plugged in these options never lit up.  While I was idly clicking around, I  noticed a Substitutions option:

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Inside the resulting dialog was a Text Preferences button which took me to the Text Preferences section of System Preferences:

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If you look closely, you’ll see a back arrow in the top left corner of the screen, which will take you to the main System Preferences screen.  From there, its a simple matter of going to the keyboard section and adding a bluetooth keyboard.  Success!

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2 Comments

  1. Charlie Charlie

    Very clever! I’ve run into the same problem in the past and I’ll definitely remember this for the future.

  2. Lucas Lucas

    Just so you know, I just faced this problem and your post was extremely helpful.

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