Last year, Apple introduced the latest version of its desktop operating system with a brand new name. MacOS X no longer exists, instead Apple calls it Sierra. MacOS Sierra includes tons of new features that change how we are using our Macs.
In MacOS Sierra, Apple provides a very useful Accessibility feature that lets you move your mouse pointer in all directions and perform clicks with your keyboard. Cool, isn’t it? In this guide, we will run you through the steps to move and control pointer using just your Mac’s keyboard.
In reality, there is a feature called Mouse Keys feature that allows you to move the mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard on your Mac. This feature seems unfamiliar for some users, but don’t worry because we will show you to how to use it.
Steps to move and control mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard with Mouse Keys
Steps to turn on Mouse Keys
Step one: First off, you need to access the Accessibility Options on your Mac. To do this, you simply need to press Option + Command + F5 key combination. If you are now using a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you simply need to press the Touch ID button three times to access Accessibility Options
Step two: Once you are in, all you need to do is to check the box next to Enable Mouse Keys to activate the feature. After that, you simply need to click OK
Step three: You can easily customize your settings by heading to System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad> Options
Step four: Once you are done, you simply need to click OK and exit the System Preferences
Steps to use Mouse Keys
Once you have enabled Mouse Keys on your Mac, you now can move mouse pointer in all directions using just both keypad and keyboard. You can click the mouse button by pressing 5 on the keypad or I on the keyboard. You can hold the mouse button by pressing 0 (zero) on the keypad or M on the keyboard.
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