How to Factory Reset Mac Desktop Without Keyboard

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Factory resetting your Mac desktop is a great way to fix software issues or prepare your device for a fresh start. However, what if you don’t have access to a keyboard? Whether your keyboard is malfunctioning or you simply prefer using alternative input methods, this tutorial will guide you through the process of factory resetting your Mac desktop without a keyboard.


Before we dive into the steps, there are a few things you need to prepare in order to successfully factory reset your Mac without a keyboard:

  • Mouse: Make sure you have a functioning mouse connected to your Mac desktop.
  • Internet Connection: Ensure that you have a stable internet connection throughout the process.
  • Time: Factory resetting your Mac may take some time, so make sure you have enough time available.

The Steps

Step 1: Accessing the Apple Menu

To begin, move your mouse cursor to the top-left corner of the screen. This will reveal the Apple menu icon. Click on it once.

Step 2: Navigating to ‘Restart..’

In the Apple menu, click on ‘Restart.’ while holding down the Option key. This will bring up the Restart confirmation dialog box.

Step 3: Entering Recovery Mode

In the Restart confirmation dialog box, click on ‘Restart’ while continuing to hold down the Option key. Your Mac will now restart and boot into Recovery Mode.

Step 4: Selecting Disk Utility

Once in Recovery Mode, you will see a list of utilities. Use your mouse to navigate to ‘Disk Utility’ and click on it once.

Step 5: Choosing Your Startup Disk

In the Disk Utility window, locate and select your Mac’s startup disk. It is usually named ‘Macintosh HD’ or something similar.

Step 6: Erasing the Startup Disk

With your startup disk selected, click on the ‘Erase’ button at the top of the Disk Utility window. Confirm your selection when prompted.

Step 7: Reinstalling macOS

After erasing the startup disk, close the Disk Utility window. You will be taken back to the main utilities screen. Now, click on ‘Reinstall macOS’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process.


Congratulations! You have successfully factory reset your Mac desktop without using a keyboard.

Remember that this process will erase all data on your Mac, so make sure you have a backup of any important files before proceeding. Now you can enjoy a fresh start with your Mac desktop!

I hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of factory resetting a Mac desktop without a keyboard. With these simple steps, you can troubleshoot software issues or prepare your device for resale without any hassle.

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