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I have to reinstall OS X on my MacBook Pro. I'm using the installation disk, but the only problem is that my trackpad is broken (I cannot click).

Is there any way to open and select the Utilities menu using the keyboard?

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What version of OS X are you trying to install? –  Daniel Beck Dec 28 '11 at 7:29
    
You could try pressing Ctrl-F2 to focus the menu bar and navigate with arrow keys from there, or, if there's a help menu, press Cmd-? and type the name of the menu item you want to reach. –  Daniel Beck Dec 28 '11 at 7:30
    
I tried Ctrl-F2 but it didn't work.... any other advice? version is Leopard.... I guess..... –  mattia Dec 28 '11 at 7:44
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I hate to ask, but connecting a USB mouse is not an option? –  Daniel Beck Dec 28 '11 at 7:44
    
If you haven't tried it, maybe use Fn-Ctrl-F2? –  slhck Dec 28 '11 at 7:48

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To navigate the menu bar with the keyboard, you need to press Ctrl-F2. This will put the keyboard focus on the first menu bar item from which you can navigate to the desired menu item using the arrow keys.

By default, you need to press Fn+F2 to actually get F2, since the key's default mode is the special function (increase brightness). So you need to press Ctrl-Fn-F2 to actually focus the menu bar.

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