My bluetooth mouse batteries died, and when I replaced them, the mouse didn't reconnect. Now how can I get OS X to discover and connect my mouse without having a mouse to open the mouse dialogue?
You can open the Mouse System Preferences by using Spotlight search.
- Press ⌘-Space to open Spotlight. Type "mouse" to find the Mouse System Preferences and press Enter.
- When the Mouse Preferences are opened, make sure the mouse is on and wait for it to be discovered. The "Connect" button should be blue, so you can press Enter to connect to it, and you're done.
If the batteries run out in my wireless mouse it never reconnects automatically and I have resorted to reconnecting a wired mouse to click on the bluetooth icon in the menu bar. Then I found that you can activate the bluetooth icon by pressing Control-F8 (the "Move focus to status menus" in the keyboard shortcuts) and using the cursor keys and the enter key to get to the connect menu item for the mouse.
Make sure your mouse has been reset.
- Press ⌘+Space and type "Bluetooth" to open bluetooth in System Preferences. You will see your mouse in the list of devices and a button to 'Connect'.
- Use the Tab key to move to the next control, this will highlight the next one for you (If you are stuck on the text field, press Ctrl+Fn+F7 to switch between navigation of all controls on the screen, press Ctrl+F7 to switch back).
- Once nothing is highlighted in the window, press the Space bar, this in turn selects the 'Connect' button for you.