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OS X Mountain Lion: Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

If you have difficulty using a mouse, you can enable Mouse Keys and then use the keyboard or numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button. To enable Mouse Keys, press Command (⌘)-Option (⌥)-F5 and select the checkbox.

The following illustration shows the keys you can use on a keyboard (the keys on the left), and the keys you can use on a numeric keypad (the keys on the right) when Mouse Keys is on.

Keys that can move the mouse cursor when Mouse Keys is turned on.

  • To move the mouse pointer:
    Option Description
    With a numeric keypad: Use the 7, 8, 9, 4, 6, 1, 2, 3 keys on the keypad.
    With the keyboard: Use the 7, 8, 9, U, O, J, K, L keys.
  • To click a mouse button:
    Option Description
    With a numeric keypad: Press 5 on the keypad.
    With the keyboard: Press I.
  • To press and hold the mouse button:
    Option Description
    With a numeric keypad: Press 0 (zero) on the keypad.
    With the keyboard: Press M.
  • To release the mouse button:
    Option Description
    With a numeric keypad: Press “.” (period) on the keypad.
    With the keyboard: Press “.” (period).

When you use Mouse Keys, you can’t use the keyboard or numeric keypad to enter text.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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