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OS X Mavericks: Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

With Mouse Keys, you can move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button using the keyboard or numeric keypad. To turn on Mouse Keys, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, click Mouse & Trackpad, then select the checkbox.

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

Keys that move the mouse pointer when Mouse Keys is 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).

You can also turn on Mouse Keys by pressing Option (⌥)-Command (⌘)-F5, then selecting the checkbox.

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

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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