How to Move Your Cursor Without a Mouse on a Mac

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If your Mac’s touchpad or mouse stops working, or if a mobile disability is hindering your movement, you can enable a feature that lets you use your keyboard to control the cursor on your screen.

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Enable Mouse Keys on Mac

Just like moving your cursor without a mouse in Windows 11, you’ll need to enable mouse keys before you can get started. First, click the Apple icon in the menu bar, then select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Then select the “Accessibility” option.

In the left pane of the next screen, scroll down to the motor group and select “Pointer Control.”

Click the “Alternative Control Methods” tab, then check the box next to “Enable Mouse Keys” to enable the feature.

Mouse Keys is now enabled. However, you can adjust a few things before using it. To do this, click on “Options” next to the function.

This screen offers a number of options to choose from. The top two options allow you to press the “Option” key on your keyboard five times to toggle mouse keys on and off, and to disable the trackpad when mouse keys is enabled.

You can also set the initial delay, the amount of time it takes for the cursor to respond when you press a key, and the maximum speed, which is the speed at which the cursor moves.

Once you have set these options to your liking, press “OK” to close the window.

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Move the cursor

These are the keys you need to press to move the cursor. Holding down the keys makes your cursor move faster.

Cursor direction key Up 8 Down K (2 when using numeric keypad) Left U (4 when using numeric keypad) Right O (6 when using numeric keypad) Up and left 7 Up and right 9 Down and left J (1 when using numeric keypad) numeric keypad ) Down and right L (3 when using numeric keypad)

Items click

Here’s how to click with the primary or secondary mouse button.

Mouse Button Key Primary i (or 5 on Numeric Keypad) Secondary Control + M (0 on Numeric Keypad)

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Drag and drop items

You can also drag and drop items using mouse keys.

Action key Drag an item Move your cursor over the item and press M (0 on the numeric keypad). Then use the keys to move the cursor to drag the item. Drop an item Navigate to the location on the screen where you want to drop the item, then press Dot (.).

Mouse Keys has been around for a while and is still a great accessibility feature on Mac. However, Mac is always looking for ways to improve accessibility on its platform. Not a fan of mouse keys? Try using your face and head to control your Mac.

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