How To Use Your Mac If Your Keyboard, Mouse or Trackpad Isn't Working

How can you type on your Mac if you keyboard isn't working or is missing? How can you control the cursor to click on things if your mouse or trackpad is not working? There are methods to type and point that you can use in an emergency or until you get a replacement. You can bring up the Accessibility Keyboard to type using the cursor, and use Mouse Keys to move to cursor using only the keyboard. The trick is to know how to bring those up when things aren't working.

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Use Your Mac If Your Keyboard, Mouse or Trackpad Isn't Working”

    Ken Vignona
    5 months ago

    While playing around with these controls (keyboard and mouse keys) my pointer arrow has transformed into a hand with a finger rather than just he arrow icon, but when I go into tool bar at top it returns to the arrow icon. Any suggestions to keep the pointer as an arrow icon. Always great information. Ken

    5 months ago

    Ken: Not sure what could have happened to change the cursor like that. Likely switching apps or logging out and back in will fix it.

    Jasper
    5 months ago

    As you say, I’ve often noticed that ⌃ f2 fails to focus on the Menu. I’d found it easy to remember to select ⌃ f3, which focuses on the dock, then try ⌃ f2 again. This 2nd attempt has always worked for me in focussing on the Menu.

    5 months ago

    Jasper: I find the same. But what does always work is Command+Shift+/ (question mark). It takes me to the Help menu, but then you can use arrows to navigate to other menus.

    Chris
    4 months ago

    Do any of these Accessibility functions work during the initial macOS setup after a format? I have lost mouse use in the past and could not set up the computer with the keyboard alone.

    4 months ago

    Chris: I think you’ll need some sort of pointing device. Any USB mouse would do.

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