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I'm in recovery-mode ... MacBook Pro (Catalina) ... I wanna get into Terminal-window to run a command, and I can use the trackpad to move the cursor around ... but I can't select an option in the Utilities menu? Why is that?

I tried to move around using the tab key and then selecting using space-bar ... but the menu is not selectable using the tab-button

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  • Is this in Recovery mode? What Mac? What OS? What is your objective?
    – benwiggy
    Dec 29, 2020 at 12:30
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    And the trackpad works normally otherwise? What year MBP? Models from 2014 and earlier have a 'real' click; later ones simulate a click with haptic feedback. You can normally select the menubar with CTRL F2.
    – benwiggy
    Dec 29, 2020 at 12:40
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    Do you have tap to click enabled on your trackpad usually and try to use it that way? In recovery mode the standard is to actually have to press down on the trackpad to make it click.
    – Lizzan
    Dec 29, 2020 at 12:48
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    @Lizzan yes you're right ... it's this hard-press aka real-press ... thank you! Dec 29, 2020 at 12:52
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    @HendEl-Sahli The information you have provided in comments should be edited into the question. Questions should include all the information needed to provide an answer as comments can and often will be deleted.
    – mmmmmm
    Dec 29, 2020 at 13:46

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While in Recovery mode, the trackpad works in press to click mode. If you're used to tap to click, this might come as a surprise and make you think it's not working properly. Try pressing down on the trackpad to actually get the feedback of a click and see if that works.

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