How to Navigate Your MacBook Without a Trackpad?

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Navigating your MacBook without a trackpad can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! With the right settings and knowledge, you can easily move around your Mac without ever having to use the trackpad.

The first step is to enable keyboard navigation. To do this, open System Preferences and click on Keyboard. Then click Shortcuts and select the checkbox labeled “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls.” (In macOS Mojave or earlier, this setting appears as an “All controls” button.) This allows you to use the Tab key to navigate between all of the controls on the screen.

Another way you can navigate your Mac without a trackpad is by using tap-to-click. To do this, open System Preferences and selecting Trackpad. Switch to the Point & Click the tab and activate the box next to Tap to click. Now you can simply tap your Mac’s trackpad instead of using a mouse or other pointing device for clicking purposes.

Finally, you can also use keyboard shortcuts for various tasks on your Mac such as copying and pasting, opening new windows, and more. For example, Command + C is used for copying text while Command + V is used for pasting it. You can find a full list of keyboard shortcuts by searching online or consulting Apple’s official documentation.

By utilizing these tips and tricks, navigating your MacBook without a trackpad doesn’t have to be difficult anymore! With just a few simple steps you can easily move around your Mac with ease.

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Navigating a Mac Without a Touchpad

Navigating your Mac without a touchpad can be done by enabling keyboard navigation. To do so, go to the Apple menu. > System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and select the checkbox “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls” (in macOS Mojave or earlier, this setting appears as an “All controls” button). After doing so, you can use various key combinations to navigate your Mac instead of using a touchpad. For instance, pressing the Tab key will move you from one controller to another in a specific order; holding down the option key while pressing the Tab key will move you backward in the same order; and using arrow keys will allow you to move around with individual controls. Depending on your version of macOS, additional shortcut keys may also be available.

Controlling a Mac with Just the Keyboard

To control your Mac using only the keyboard, first turn on Keyboard Navigation in System Preferences. Once this is enabled, you can use the Tab key to move between controls on the screen. You can also use other keyboard shortcuts to interact with your Mac, such as Command+Q to quit an application or Control+F1 and Control+F2 to adjust the brightness of your display. You can also use Control+Option+Spacebar to open Spotlight search and type in what you’re looking for. Finally, you can access all of your applications from the Dock by using Control+Option and a number that corresponds with its position in the Dock.

Enabling Tap to Click on Mac Without Trackpad

If you don’t have a trackpad, you can still enable tap to click on your Mac. To do this, open the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Then, select the Mouse category and switch to the Point & Click the tab. Here, you will find an option called “Tap to Click” that you can enable. Once enabled, tapping your mouse will act as if you had clicked it with the primary mouse button.

Using a Phone as a TouchPad for a Mac

Yes, you can use your iPhone as a touchpad for your Mac. You’ll need to install the free Remote Mouse app on both your iPhone and Mac. Once installed, you’ll be able to control many functions of your Mac straight from your phone. With Remote Mouse, you can move the mouse cursor and use gestures such as tap, double-tap, and drag to control the Mac. You can also use it to scroll through webpages or documents and even type text with the virtual keyboard.

Enabling Touch Tap on Mac

To enable touch tap on Mac, you’ll need to open the System Preferences. To do this, select the Apple menu at the top left of your screen and choose System Preferences.

In System Preferences, click on Trackpad and then select the Point & Click the tab. On this tab, you should see a setting for Tap to Click. Check the box next to it to enable it. Once enabled, you’ll be able to tap with one finger on your trackpad and it will work as a click.


In conclusion, navigating a Macbook without a trackpad is possible with the use of keyboard shortcuts. With the use of the Tab key and the “Keyboard navigation” setting in System Preferences, users can move between different controls on the screen and even activate the “Tap to click” option to make clicking easier. However, using a trackpad is still much easier and more precise than using keyboard shortcuts. So if you have access to a trackpad, it is recommended that you use it for navigating your Macbook.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.