Using your keyboard to control the mouse

This page shows you how to use 'Mouse Keys' on your keyboard to simulate a mouse


The Mac OS includes an optional ' Control Panel ' called ' Easy Access ' . If it is not installed on your computer it can be found on the Mac OS CD-Rom: under CD Extras: Universal Access: Easy Access

If you do not have access to the Mac OS CD-Rom it is available on the web at:
Apple Macintosh Software Toolkit

Using Easy Access

Open Easy Access using the following steps:

  1. Click the ' Apple ' menu (no keyboard shortcut).
  2. From the ' Control Panels ' sub menu click on ' Easy Access' which will bring up the ' Easy Access ' window as shown in Fig 1(no keyboard shortcut).

Mouse key options in the Easy Access panel
Fig 1

From the' Easy Access ' window you can set the turn ' Mouse Keys' on or off, set the ' Initial Delay ' , or change the ' Maximum Speed '.

  1. You can turn ' Mouse Keys ' on or off with the keyboard shortcut ' Apple ' + ' Shift ' + ' Numlock ' (' Numlock' may be called something different on your computer, it will be the first key in the top left of your number pad).
  2. With ' Mouse Keys ' on, you can move the pointer in different directions by holding down the specific keys as shown in Fig 2 .

Directional keys for using the keyboard as a mouse
Fig 2

The keys work as follows:

  1. You use the ' 5 ' key to click (and double click), and the ' 0 ' key to drag. The ' . ' (decimal point) key turns off dragging.
  2. With ' Mouse keys ' turned on test the cursor speed by moving it with the number pad. Move the speed up or down by clicking a radio button next to ' Maximum Speed: ' until you are comfortable with the setting (no keyboard shortcut).

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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