How to Use a Keyboard Without a Mouse

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Your computer's mouse is a pointing device that allows you to control an on-screen pointer icon (called a cursor) and manipulate the user interface. If you are having difficulties using your mouse or your mouse is malfunctioning, you can turn on the MouseKeys function and use your keyboard's numeric keypad to control the mouse pointer. Learning to operate the mouse pointer with the keyboard may take some practice but becomes easier over time.


Keyboard commands below are in all caps.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then, while still holding the CTRL key, press ESC. Release both keys. This will bring up the Start menu in the bottom left corner of the screen.

  • Press the C key to select the Control Panel. You may need to press the C key several times to highlight the Control Panel icon. Press ENTER.

  • If your Control Panel is not in Classic Mode (meaning the Accessibility icon is not present), press the TAB key until you have selected "Switch To Classic Mode" in the left sidebar, then press ENTER. Press the RIGHT ARROW key, then press the LEFT ARROW key to select the "Accessibility" icon. Press ENTER.

  • Hold the CTRL key and press the TAB key three times to select the "Mouse" tab, then release the CTRL key. Press the "M" key to put a check in the "Turn on MouseKeys" checkbox. Press the A key to apply the setting, then press the ENTER key to close the Accessibility Options window.

  • Make sure you have the NumLock on, then press and hold the number 8 key on the number pad to make the mouse pointer go up. Press the number 2 key to make it go down. Pressing number 4 makes the pointer go left, while pressing number 6 makes the pointer go right. Keys 7, 9, 1 and 3 control diagonal directions.

  • Press the "/" key to set the number 5 key to function as the left mouse button. Press the "-" to set the number 5 key to function as the right mouse button. Press the "*" key to set the number 5 key to function as both the right and left mouse button being pressed together. Press the number 5 key twice quickly to double-click on icons.

  • To temporarily turn off the MouseKeys option, press the NumLock key. The computer will beep when it is pressed to indicate that MouseKeys has been turned off. Press the NumLock key again to enable MouseKeys, and the computer will make a higher-pitched beep to indicate MouseKeys has been turned back on.

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