How to "mouse click" using keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by iLeo, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. iLeo macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Hi guys,

    anyone knows how to "click" using keyboard?

    I've seen articles suggesting hitting number 5 using keyboard. But that works for desktop keyboards I guess.

    what's the equivalent for notebooks?:confused:

    appreciate it.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    System Preferences -> Universal Access -> Keyboard
     
  3. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Thanks Yellow,

    but I did something stupid & resulted in my mouse & keyboard working with very limited functions. was barely able to restart the device & get everything back to normal.

    So excuse my stupidity, would you please be more specific on what to do exactly when I reach Universal access/ Keyboard? :eek:
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    To be honest, I'm not sure, I just know that's where one should start looking.

    From the Mac OS X Help Menu in the Finder:

     
  5. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Well, that's the direction for desktops alright, the magical number 5 on the numeric part of the keyboard. that doesn't exist on the notebook keyboard, as all numbers are placed on the top raw of the keyboard only.

    Tried using number 5 before, but didn't work, so I'm guessing there must be another short cut.

    :rolleyes:
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Reading is fundamental. ;)

     
  7. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Lol. Sorry about that... :eek:

    but, hmmmm... couldn't really get the Num lock to work! :confused:

    F6 doesn't seem to make that happen, neither does the number 5 work afterwords!

    hmmmm...
     
  8. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Sorry to bring this up again, but believe it or not... I'm still trying! :rolleyes:

    You see, this is one of the things that would minimize my use of mouse tremendously! and I'm just so into that!

    here's what I've been looking for:

    S. Cut/ Action
    8 Move Up
    2 Move Down
    4 Move Left
    6 Move Right
    1, 3, 7, and 9 Move Diagonally
    5 Press Mouse Button
    0 Hold Mouse Button
    . (period on keypad) Release Mouse Button (use after pressing 0)


    What I need is the short-cut (5) which doesn't work on Macbooks. I'M assuming that's because you need a numeric keypad number 5, which doesn't exist on Macbooks. I've been trying to find a replacement for that in a long while now, but failed so far. I'm just hoping someone who's been through this can help!

    I think the latest reply on the (F6) has something to do with this, but I couldn't figure out how to do that. I pressed on F6, but I don't think anything happened honestly.

    Anyone? :(
     
  9. John01021988 macrumors 6502

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    Num Lock was removed in 2008 I think, because my mid 2007 Macbook still had it. My Aluminum Macbook does not have num lock anymore.
     
  10. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    This seems senseless. Turn on tap-to-click on the trackpad, learn your keyboard shortcuts, and tab between UI widgets?
     
  11. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Well, I wouldn't say "senseless"; I'm an "almost 100%" every-thing-keyboard user. and the word "almost" comes from moments like this:

    On Safari, I click "Cmd + Opt + F" to go to the search bar, and search for the word "iLeo". Now results appear from google. I use the "Down" arrow to navigate through the page, and because I've activated "Full control access", as I scroll down the page each google link gets highlighted when the mouse crosses on it.. so all i need to do is to "hit a button" to click on it... THAT's the button I'm looking for... which should be the equivalent of number 5 on the numeric keypad! And THAT's one of the very few times I have to take my hands off the keyboard and click on the track pad!
    :rolleyes:
     
  12. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    Tabbing to it and hitting Enter would seem to be the least kludgy way to do it (though if you're on a notebook I don't see what's so hard about reaching your thumb down to tap the trackpad).
     
  13. iLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

    iLeo

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    Unfortunately, I you're right! :(
     
  14. sok186 macrumors newbie

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    Got It!

    I just spent about an hour trying to figure this out. Really, I wanted to remap my CAPS LOCK key to be a left mouse click. In the end, I've got this pref pane running with the option to have a simultaneous press of z+x to be a left mouse click.

    download:
    http://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/

    If anyone figures out the caps lock method, let me know.
     
  15. supernova777 macrumors member

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    to click or open file from finder

    :confused: :eek: Command + Arrow Down or Command O for OPEN :cool: :apple:
     
  16. Clancylight macrumors newbie

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    I just went to the system preferences->accesibility>mouse & trackpad. Enable mouse keys.. tapped option 5 times. then searched the keyboard (I have no numpad). it turns out that...

    7 8 9
    U I O
    J K L

    is the arrows. I is to click. hold control and press I for right click. hope this helps.
     

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