I never understood Apple’s desire to limit the mouse to a single button (even with Control-click options), but I didn’t care.
Using a Mac was just more productive and cost effective. Even with that much Mac-using time under my belt, I’m not one to consider myself a power user, despite a completely full Mac Menubar. Still, an old dog can learn new tricks.
No Mouse, No Trackpad, Keyboard Only
My wife teaches school and one of her students found a Mac app that dispenses with they mouse or trackpad, giving you full control of the onscreen pointer using only the keyboard.
That’s what Keymo does. It’s a Mac utility that replaces the mouse pointer control by mouse or trackpad by using only the keyboard.
Your first thought might be the same is mine. I asked, “How is that even possible?” It’s actually rather simple, and doesn’t take long to setup and use.
Keymo assigns keyboard shortcuts to onscreen pointer movements, so you can move the pointer only by using the keyboard.
Keymo lets you use the keyboard to move the pointer in a specific direction, including acceleration and step options which are user configurable.
Keymo also divides the Mac’s screen so you can Move by Division to move the pointer. Likewise, there’s an option to Move To Edge/Corner which moves the pointer to the edge of the screen, or a specific corner.
What if you have another display attached to your Mac in a multi-display configuration? No problemo for Keymo.
In other words, you get keyboard shortcuts to move the onscreen pointer to any location on the screen. No mouse. No trackpad.
There are three built-in options to display the mouse pointer so you can find it, which is especially useful on large screen Macs or multi-display Macs.
To be fair, using Keymo takes some initial practice and concentration.
It’s just too easy to reach for the mouse or move the fingers to the trackpad to get the pointer exactly where you want it to go.
With a little effort, old Mac dawgs can learn some new tricks, and using the keyboard instead of the less efficient methods of trackpad and mouse can improve your productivity (if not increase your chances for carpal tunnel syndrome).
What’s next for Apple? How about some sort of mind control where the Mac scans your eyes and knows exactly where to put the mouse pointer (and which button to click) without using a keyboard.