How to use a macbook pro as a mouse for mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jeffreykyker, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. jeffreykyker macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2013
    I was wondering if anyone knew how to use a mbp to control the desktop of a mac mini. The problem is, my mac mini is old and I don't have a mouse anymore. I have a dialogue box I cant get rid of with just the keyboard on my mac mini (shut down unexpectedly), but i'd like to use my macbook pro as a mouse/keyboard. Is this even possible? If so it has been too complicated for me to figure out.
    Much thanks to anyone who knows how to do this and can help me figure it out. :confused:
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    VNC, but you have to switch on Remote Management on the Mini to do this and I don't think you can without a mouse to switch it on, get a cheap mouse or just loan one.
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Press <ctrl> F7 to turn on tabbing between all controls in dialogs. Then press <tab> until the button you want is highlighted. Then press <space> to "click" it.

    (You may need also to hold down the Fn key when you press <ctrl> F7 if you've got the Apple functions active (i.e. "Rewind" on F7.)
  4. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Once you've got your immediate problem fixed (seriously - get a mouse. don't spend more than $10), you could try Synergy which is a great tool that lets you share one mouse and keyboard across several machines.
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    I run my mini headless, with my wife's MBA as the keyboard/screen. Turn on screen sharing in the mini's system prefs. Done. Works like a charm. :D

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