OS X Yosemite: Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

Control the pointer using Mouse Keys

When Mouse Keys are on, you can move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button using the keyboard or numeric keypad.

To quickly turn Mouse Keys on or off, press Option-Command-F5, then select or deselect the Enable Mouse Keys checkbox. You can also select or deselect the checkbox in the Mouse & Trackpad pane of Accessibility preferences.

To open the pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, then click Mouse & Trackpad.

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.

Move the mouse pointer:

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.

Click a mouse button:

With a numeric keypad: Press 5 on the keypad.

With the keyboard: Press I.

Press and hold the mouse button:

With a numeric keypad: Press 0 (zero) on the keypad.

With the keyboard: Press M.

Release the mouse button:

With a numeric keypad: Press “.” (period) on the keypad.

With the keyboard: Press “.” (period).

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

Published Date: Sep 23, 2015
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