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How to use the keyboard to control the mouse in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

How to use the keyboard to control the mouse in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Note: Mac key convention: β€˜Ctrl’ is used for β€˜Control’, β€˜Apple’ is used for β€˜Command’ (⌘) and β€˜Alt’ is used for the β€˜Option’ (βŒ₯) key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure β€˜Full keyboard access’ is turned on – you can turn it on or off; by pressing β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F1’ at any time.

Step 1

  • Open the β€˜Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon (ο£Ώ) in the top-right corner of the screen, or by pressing β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F2’
  • Click to select β€˜System Preferences…’ as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press β€˜Enter’.

Fig 1.

Step 2

  • In the System Preferences window, select β€˜ Accessibility β€˜ or press β€˜ Tab β€˜ repeatedly (you might need to press β€˜ Ctrl β€˜ + β€˜ F7 β€˜ first) to cycle through the icons until the β€˜ Accessibility β€˜ icon is highlighted and then press the β€˜ Spacebar β€˜. Fig 2

Fig 2.

  • On the Accessibility screen, select β€˜ Mouse β€˜ or β€˜ Mouse & Trackpad β€˜ in the left-hand column or press β€˜ Ctrl β€˜ + β€˜ F7 β€˜ (once or twice) to highlight one of the options for example β€˜ Display β€˜ and then press the up or down arrow key to select the β€˜ Mouse β€˜ or β€˜ Mouse & Trackpad β€˜ option.

The Mouse Keys settings in the right-hand column of the Accessibility screen.

Fig 3.

  • You can also change the way the mouse pointer behaves by the β€˜Initial Delay’ and β€˜Maximum Speed’ options.
  • To change the β€˜Initial delay’ (the time between you pressing a key and the cursor moving) click the β€˜Options’ button or press the β€˜Tab’ key until the β€˜Options’ button is highlighted and then press the β€˜Enter’ key.
  • Click on the β€˜Initial Delay’ gauge bar, to the left to shorten the delay or to the right to lengthen the delay, or press β€˜Tab’ until the β€˜Initial Delay’ gauge pointer is selected and use the right or left arrow keys to select the delay time you want.
  • To change the β€˜Maximum Speed’ of the mouse pointer click on the β€˜Maximum Speed': gauge bar, to the left to slow the pointer down or to the right to speed it up, or press β€˜Tab’ until the β€˜Maximum Speed': gauge pointer is selected and use the left and right arrow keys to choose the speed you want.
  • You can turn β€˜Mouse Keys’ on or off at any time by pressing β€˜Alt’ fives times.

The Mouse Keys 'Options' dialogue box.

Fig 4.

Step 3

  • When you are happy with your tracking speed click the β€˜ Close β€˜ (red) button at the top of the β€˜ System Preferences β€˜ window or press β€˜ Apple β€˜ + β€˜ W β€˜ to close the window and return to the Finder desktop.
  • With β€˜Mouse Keys’ on, you can move the pointer in different directions by holding down the numberpad keys, Fig 5. If your computer does not have a numeric keypad, use the Fn (Function) key together with the corresponding number.

Fig 5.

  • You use the β€˜5’ key to click (and double click), and the β€˜0’ key to drag. The β€˜.’ (decimal point) key turns off dragging.
  • Further information can be found on Apple OSX Keyboard shortcuts.

 

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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