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any way to use one keyboard?

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rearranged my work deskspace and now I have less space as I have my mac, my pc and my scanner and an external cd-rw on it. I now constantly have to move the keyboard and mouse away of which ever computer I'm not using to add room.

Is there anyway I can have one keyboard and one mouse for both my pc and mac and switch it to whichever I'm using?

Thanks :)
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Couldn't you use a KVM switch?
how much does a KVM cost, at least? I would have to request my work to get it?
It varies and depends on the features. Around 20 to a hundred or so dollars.
Make sure that you get a USB KVM - most of the cheaper ones are PS/2.
A KVM switch gives you the advantage of switching your Keyboard, Mouse, and Video (Monitor).

Alternatively, you can just use a simple USB switch.
You could also use KMRemoteControl, a software solution for Mac/Windows that uses the keyboard and mouse on on computer to control others over the network.

I used to use this a few years ago, but since then I've moved all the spare computers into my basement and I just remote control them, so I don't have a need for local keyboard/mouse sharing. You save a lot of space, as well as reduce noise and heat by putting those boxes in another room altogether. Of course, if you're using both of them for games, then you don't have much choice but to get a KVM switch.
the KMRemoreControl is interesting an interesting option, I'll propose both options and see what they agree to

thanks a lot :)
How about Synergy?
what's Synergy?
what's Synergy?
hak.5 featured this a few months back.

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

Here's a gui version.
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