How to Use the Keyboard Instead of a Mouse


There is a setting in Windows called "MouseKeys" that allows the user to control the mouse cursor with the keyboard. Computer users may find themselves with a broken or nonfunctioning mouse at the most inconvenient times. Lucky for the PC owner, "MouseKeys" is very simple to use and is a quick and easy mode to enter into through keystrokes alone. "MouseKeys" is capable of all the same functions as a mouse and will end up being a very helpful feature to know.

Things You'll Need

  • PC with Windows
  • Keyboard with a Numeric Keypad
  • Hold down the buttons left SHIFT, ALT, and NUM LOCK on the keyboard at the same time. A window will pop up asking if "MouseKeys" should be turned on. Press TAB until OK is selected and press ENTER to put the keyboard into "MouseKeys" mode. Steps 2 and 3 can be used if this method does not bring up the "MouseKeys" prompt.

  • Press the Windows key, located between the CONTROL and ALT key, to bring up the Start menu and press R, which will bring up the "Run" window. Type "access.cpl" into the text box and press enter.

  • Use the CONTROL key and TAB key until the Mouse icon is highlighted and hit ENTER. Press the space bar to select "Use MouseKeys," and a window asking to turn "MouseKeys" on should come up. Press TAB until OK is outlined or highlighted and hit ENTER to select.

  • Control the mouse cursor with the numeric keypad on the left of the keyboard. The numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8 will have directional arrows on them. Use these keys to move the mouse cursor.

  • Hit the 5 key on the numeric pad to single-click on something; use the minus symbol key to right-click and the addition symbol key to double-click.

  • Move the cursor with the numeric pad over an item and press the Insert key to drag the object or icon. Pressing the Delete key will drop the item.

Tips & Warnings

  • Exit "MouseKeys" by holding down left SHIFT, ALT and NUM LOCK.
  • Going into the Control Panel and selecting the "Setting for Mouse Keys" option will open a window where you can adjust the speed of the mouse cursor to move faster or slower.

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