If you have windows 10, you can turn mouse keys by searching “mouse keys” in by opening up settings. Setting can be reached by clicking the windows key and using the arrows on your keyboard.

Once you turn on mouse keys, you use 8 to move up, 2 to move down, four and six, respectively,to go left and right. I recommend turning on the ability to use ctrl to speed up the mouse because it is extremely slow.

Most windows <Alt><Space> brings up the particular window’s control menu.

A lot of navigation between menus and dialogue controls can be done with <Tab>

<Alt><Enter> brings up the right-click menu.

In an application <F10> takes you into the menu. Navigate with the arrow keys.

<F7> turns on carrot browsing in most browsers.

The <Scroll Lock> key in Excel allows you to scroll with the arrow keys.

Ironically help can be the hardest to navigate without a mouse.

Option 1: MouseKeys

Thankfully, there is a feature built into Windows called Mouse Keys that allow you to use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to move your mouse around the screen. It even allow you to simulate a right-click, double-click and left-click. On desktops, you will use the keypad at the far right of the keyboard. On laptops, you will probably have to enable Num Lock or press and hold the function key before pressing the numbers.

To enable Mouse Keys in Windows, open the Control Panel and click on Ease of Access.

ease of access

Towards the bottom under Explore all settings, you will see a link called Make the mouse easier to use.

easier to use mouse

Now click on the Turn on Mouse Keys box. This will enable Mouse Keys in Windows. You can also enable Mouse Keys without having to go through the Control Panel by pressing ALT + Left SHIFT + NUM LOCK at the same time. Note that you have to use the left SHIFT key as the right one will not work.

turn on mouse keys

Click on Set up Mouse Keys to configure all the options and settings. You can adjust the pointer speed if you find it too slow or fast and you can also check a box to use CTRL and SHIFT to make the cursor move faster or slower, respectively.

setup mouse keys

The other main setting to note is under Other Settings. By default, Mouse Keys will work only when NUM LOCK is On. You can change this to Off if you like. If Mouse Keys is being used, you should see a small little mouse icon in the system tray, otherwise it will have a red X over the mouse.

mousekeys off
mouse keys on

Here are the controls, provided that you have a numeric keypad, to run Mouse Keys. You should now be able to move the cursor around with just the keyboard. In order to click on something, you first press /, or * to select the appropriate button on the mouse. Then press 5 to either click or right-click depending on which button you chose.

To double-click on something, you have to select the left mouse button (/) and then press the + (plus) sign. You can also drag and drop items by first moving the mouse cursor over the item and then pressing 0 to start the drag and . (period) to drop it.

  • 2 = Move Down
  • 8 = Move Up
  • 4 = Move Left
  • 6 = Move Right
  • 7 = Move Diagonally Top Left
  • 9 = Move Diagonally Top Right
  • 1 = Move Diagonally Bottom Left
  • 3 = Move Diagonally Bottom Right
  • 5 = Once Button Selected, will
  • / = Select Left Mouse Button
  • – = Select Right Mouse Button
  • * = Select Both Buttons

Option 2: NeatMouse

By far the best option for controlling your mouse is Mouse Keys since you don’t have to install anything and it pretty much lets you fully control the mouse. However, if for some reason you don’t like Mouse Keys or can’t get it to work, you can download and install a third-party program called NeatMouse.

I’ve already mentioned this program in my list of tools to tweak your mouse, so I won’t go into much detail here about it. It basically works exactly like Mouse Keys except that you can change the hotkeys to something else if you like. It also has a keyboard modifier for scrolling, which Mouse Keys does not have.

neatmouse

So the next time you are stuck without a mouse, no need to worry! You can easily control your mouse pointer using the number keys on your keyboard. If you are having any issues using Mouse Keys, feel free to post a comment. Enjoy!

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