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How To Control The Mac Cursor With Head Movement

Mac Cursor With Head Movement
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to control Mac Cursor With Head Movement? Here’s a feature called Head Pointer. A feature is primarily a usable option for those users who have a problem and issues using their mouse. However, the same capability also available on iOS for some time. So, it’s called Head Tracking that can be found in Settings → Accessibility → Switch Control.

Just like in iOS’s Head Tracking, Head Pointer in macOS uses the camera in your Mac notebook to follow the movement of your head to control the cursor of your mouse.

How to control the Mac cursor with head movement

Simply follow the steps below to learn how to use the Head Pointer feature in macOS Catalina 10.15.4+ to control the Mac cursor using head movement.

Step 1:

Initially, tap the Apple menu, then select System Preferences.

Step 2:

In the System Preferences window, tap the icon Accessibility.

Step 3:

Choose the option Pointer Control located under the Motor heading in the lefthand column.

Step 4:

Now tap the tab labeled with the text Other Control Methods just to uncover the latest head-based method of controlling the Mac cursor.

Step 5:

Now adjust the setting of your Head Pointer:

  • Tracking method: Tap the popup menu located next to “Pointer moves”. You can then set the tracking option to “Relative to Head” to make sure the Mac cursor always moves relative to your head. No matter which direction you face.
  • Pointer speed: Tap the text field next to “Pointer speed”. Then input the Mac pointer speed in percentages, or tap the up/down arrow to enhance/limit pointer speed in single percentage point increments.
  • Camera: Also, tap the menu next to “Camera”. Once click simply choose an imaging device that is used for Head Pointer. By default, it becomes the FaceTime camera located in your Mac notebook. However, you can also use a web camera built into your Apple display or also a standalone external video camera attached to your PC.
  • Movement threshold: Moving faster makes increase your Mac cursor speed. However,  you can easily modify the amount of head movement needed before the cursor begins moving. However, just input a new threshold (0-100 percent) in the field located next to “Distance to the edge”.
  • Toggling Head Pointer: This is where you select how to allow or disable Head Pointer. However, to use the Head Pointer as it’s an always-on feature. Make sure to unmark the box next to “use a switch to pause or restart head point”. In this method, Head Pointer works all the time but can’t disabled with a keystroke. However, If you like to use Head Pointer using a switch to resume and pause. Simply mark the box and you’ll be able to pause this control procedure with a shortcut (F10 by default). To select a custom keyboard shortcut, tap the button Reassign. If you want to delete your custom shortcut and return back to the default F10 keystroke, tap the button Clear.
Step 6:

Tap OK to revert to the previous screen and begin using Head Pointer immediately using your current settings or press Cancel to abandon the changes and close the window.

However, when the Head Pointer is on, you can’t use your trackpad or mouse. That’s why I’ve set my Head Pointer to work as a switch to pause/resume so I can press the F10 key whenever I want to instantly disable the feature temporarily. Just to regain control of my mouse and trackpad.

Conclusion:

If you ever used iOS’s Head Tracking, you’ll then love Head Pointer in macOS Catalina 10.15.4. But unfortunately, currently, it’s not possible to simulate a mouse tap by blinking like on iOS.

For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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