This section gives you step by step instructions on how to control the mouse pointer using the keyboard in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.
1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.
2. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.
3. In the sidebar, scroll down and click Pointer Control, then select the Alternative Control Methods tab on the right.
4. Tick the checkbox for Enable Mouse Keys.
5. To customise Mouse Keys, click the Options button.
6. If you want to turn Mouse Keys on and off from the keyboard, tick the box for Press the Option key five times to toggle Mouse Keys.
7. Adjust the slider for Initial Delay to change the amount of time between pressing a key and the cursor moving.
8. Adjust the slider for Maximum Speed to change how fast the pointer moves across the screen.
9. Click OK to save your settings.
When using Mouse Keys, you can perform a left-click by pressing I on a keyboard or 5 on a numeric keypad. You can set up alternative keys to perform a left-click, and you can also set up keys to perform right-click, double-click, and drag and drop actions. To do so:
10. Tick the checkbox for Enable Alternative Pointer Actions. By default, the keys assigned to alternative pointer actions are:
11. To change the keys assigned to alternative pointer actions, click the Options button.
12. To assign a key to Double-click or Drag and Drop, select it in the list, then click the options button . Choose Physical Switch, then press the key you wish to use. Click Done to save your changes.
13. To change the key associated with an action, select the item, then click the options button .
Click Reassign, then press the key you wish to use. Click Done to save your changes.
14. To add a new item, click the + (plus) button. Choose Physical Switch, then press the key you wish to use.
15. Next, choose the action you want this key to perform, then click Done.
16. If you’d like to hear a sound when you press one of these keys, tick the checkbox for Play sounds.
17. If you’d like visual feedback when you press one of these keys, tick the checkbox for Show actions visually. Once enabled, you will see a circular halo around the pointer when you press the key.
18. Click OK to save your changes.
19. When you are happy with your settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.
20. When Mouse Keys is on, you can move the mouse pointer by holding down the following keys on a keyboard and on a numeric keypad (if you have one).
To move the mouse pointer:
Using the keyboard: 7, 8, 9, U, O, J, K, L
Using the numeric keypad: 7, 8, 9, 4, 6, 1, 2, 3
To perform a left click:
Using the keyboard: I
Using the numeric keypad: 5
Press and hold the mouse button:
Using the keyboard: M
Using the numeric keypad: 0 (zero)
To release the mouse button:
Using the keyboard: . (full stop / period)
Using the numeric keypad: . (decimal point)
To perform alternative pointer actions (see steps 9-13, above, to see how to assign different keys to perform these actions):
Left click: F11 or user assigned
Right click: F12 or user assigned
Double click: user assigned
Drag and Drop: user assigned
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.