Final release
8.20.469.0 (Windows), 8.2.0 (Mac OS X) / August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Operating systemMac OS X, Microsoft Windows
TypeDevice driver

Microsoft IntelliType is the brand driver for Microsoft's series of computer keyboards. Microsoft releases versions for both Windows and Mac OS X (as of version 10.15 Microsoft IntelliType no longer installs on Mac OS X). It has been succeeded by Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center, which combines IntelliType with IntelliPoint.

IntelliType supports all known Microsoft keyboards (including those that are shipped as parts of desktop sets, as well as entertainment keyboards – i.e. those that are intended for Media center). However, advanced features may only be available on certain models (the users select their keyboard's type inside the program to access that keyboard type's specific button selection).

Supported keyboards

Note: Version 8.0 and above dropped PS/2 support for the following list. As even adapters can't assist,[clarification needed] Microsoft keeps version 7.1 as an offered download for users who still own keyboards with PS/2 connectors (instead of USB).[1]

IntelliType's help file
Supported keyboards
Keyboard Windows Mac OS X (prior to 10.15)
Internet Keyboard Yes Yes
Internet Pro Keyboard Yes [2] ?
Keyboard Elite for Bluetooth Yes [3] Yes
Wireless Comfort Keyboard 4000 Yes Yes
Comfort Curve 2000 Yes Yes
Comfort Curve 3000 No [4] No
Digital Keyboard 3000 Yes Yes
Digital Media Keyboard Yes ?
Wireless Laser Keyboard 3000 Yes Yes
Wireless Laser Keyboard 5000 Yes Yes
Wireless Laser Keyboard 6000 Yes Yes
Wireless Laser Keyboard 7000 Yes Yes
Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000 Yes [3] Yes
Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 8000 Yes [3] Yes
Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Yes Yes
Natural Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard 7000 Yes Yes
Digital Media Keyboard 3000 Yes Yes
Natural Keyboard Pro Yes [5] Yes
Wireless MultiMedia Keyboard Yes Yes
Wireless Keyboard 2000 v2.0 Yes ?
SideWinder X6 Yes No
SideWinder X4 Yes Comes with CD
Logitech k120 Yes ?
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (November 2008)

Special features

If the keyboard has multimedia buttons, the user can define them to run any program or action.

On-screen indication of NumLock/CapsLock toggling with some keyboards.

On-screen indication of volume level when level is changed.


While the user could always define special keys (and multimedia keys, if such exist), it was only possible since version 6.3 to define them not just globally but also per application.

Version 6.2 forced the user to constantly check for updates by installing and launching the file "dpupdchk.exe" in the background. It must stay in the background for the control panel's settings to launch (although it could be avoided by renaming the file to something else). Version 6.3 fixed this behavior by only making it an opt-in option during the installation.

Version 7.0 and later in Windows 7 64-bit has recently been proven to disable the media keys (Play/Pause, Next, Previous, Stop) for third-party media players such as iTunes and Media Jukebox when they are not the primary window of focus.[6] Some workaround exists:[7] This behavior continues to be an issue as of Version 8.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Microsoft IntelliType Pro 8.0 Keyboard Software 32bit – Overview". Microsoft. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  2. ^ (Supported only up to v5.5 of Intellitype)
  3. ^ a b c (The included Bluetooth dongle requires Windows XP Service Pack 2)
  4. ^ "Comfort Curve 3000 keyboard and Intellitype". Microsoft Answers. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  5. ^ (Supported only up to v6.31 of Intellitype)
  6. ^ "Intellitype Pro 7.0 does not recognize media keys when using 3rd party programs". Microsoft Answers. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  7. ^ "Intellitype Pro 7.0 does not recognize media keys when using 3rd party programs". Microsoft Answers. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2014-09-13.