How To use the keyboard as a mouse on Mac - Imagine being about to finish that writing that has taken you so long, you only have a couple of words left, add a photo and send it all by email, when suddenly the trackpad or mouse you were using stops working. You get nervous looking around the house for something that can help you move that mouse cursor that does nothing but stand still ...
Of course you are not the first to whom this happens, and surely you will not be the last !!. Today and for all those who have been in a situation like this, or for those who do not want to be in a situation like this, we are going to teach you how to use the Mac keyboard to move the mouse cursor and save the situation. It will not be the most comfortable thing in the world and we do not intend to replace your mouse, but if necessary this simple adjustment can save the day.
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How To Use the Mac keyboard as a mouse in macOS
Moving the mouse cursor using the keys on our Mac computer is possible. For this we will have to make a minimum configuration of the system that will allow us to use it when we need it. Either because the mouse we have has been broken and we do not have another one at hand, or because the computer's trackpad has stopped working. For this we will do the following:
1. System preferences
We access the system preferences. To do this we can open the system 'Finder' and write 'Preferences' or through the Dock in the Applications> System Preferences folder.
Once inside the masOS preferences, click on the ‘Accessibility‘ folder.
3. Pointer control
From the list on the left we look for the section on control of the pointer, and on the right we will click on 'Alternative control methods', activating the part that says 'Activate keys for the mouse'.
If we want to customize everything a bit, we enter the options and leave activated 'Activate, press the option key 5 times to activate', in the event that one day we need to use it, and we take advantage of it to increase the speed of movement of the cursor. We recommend that you try a little until you find the speed that is most comfortable for you.
How To Move the mouse cursor using the Mac keyboard
Once these previous steps have been carried out, it is enough to know which are the keys that move the mouse cursor which, depending on the keyboard we have, will be one or the other, as you will see below:
- In the case that our keyboard has the numeric pad, it is very simple, since it will be all the numbers that surround 5, that is, 7, 8, 9, 4, 6, 1, 2, 3.
- In the event that we DO NOT have the numeric keyboard part, the keys that would make the mouse cursor move would be those that surround the 'i' key. i.e. 7, 8, 9, U, O, J, K, L.
It is important to know that in both cases the numbers surround a central key (either the 5 or the i key), which are precisely the keys that we must press to click where we want. If what we want is to do a right click, we will need to press the control key (^) and then the number 5 or the i key.
A somewhat rudimentary system to use the keyboard as a mouse that, together with the keyboard shortcuts on Mac, could save us from some other problem if our mouse or the trackpad of our Mac stops working without prior notice.