How to Use an Xbox 360 Controller as a Mouse on Windows
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Do you use your computer connected to a TV? This is a great way to play PC games on a big screen, and it’s also awesome for watching your all kinds of video content.

The problem with using a PC on a TV is that you need to have a game controller to play games, and a mouse and keyboard to control basic windows functions. But what if you could get rid of the mouse and keyboard part and just use an Xbox 360 controller to do everything?

As it turns out, you can, and the process is incredibly easy. All you need to do is download a program called Gopher360 and then right-click it and select Run as Administrator.

Gopher

Once the program is running in the background, you’ll be able to move the mouse cursor around with the left stick on the Xbox controller and scroll with the right stick. When you need to type, just launch the on-screen keyboard.

In order to use said keyboard, Gopher360 needs to run as administrator, so don’t forget that!

If you close the program it will stop working, so if you want it to run whenever your computer turns on, make sure add it to your Startup folder by opening a Run box, typing shell:startup and pasting a shortcut to Gopher.exe in the windows that opens.

Are you going to use an Xbox 360 controller to control your Windows computer? Think it’s a bad idea? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    February 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I've just tried it and it wouldn't run at all, kept saying .dll files were missing. Perhaps it doesn't like Windows 10.

  2. Chris Emery
    February 16, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I'd like to find a program (and hardware ?) to use an old force feedback joystick on a PC...anyone got any clues ?

  3. Anonymous
    February 16, 2016 at 4:42 am

    I use Controller Companion. http://controllercompanion.com/
    I bought it from Steam, but you can buy it from that website. Costs $3.
    I use it with an Xbox360 controller, it works with any controller that supports Xinput, and comes with Xinput emulation for controllers that don't.

    I like it because it was install/forget. I customized a couple of button bindings but otherwise the default profile works great for me. I cannot stress how easy it was to set up. You can also add custom profiles based on application (virtual mouse control for a game, etc).

    I think my favorite feature is that it disables itself automatically when an application goes fullscreen. I use my living room PC almost exclusively as a Windows 10 Steam console, so Controller Companion lets me fire up Big Picture mode with the Xbox button, and then disables itself since BPM has controller support. Ditto for games. Minimize BPM, CC re-enables itself automatically so I can function on the desktop. It has a reasonably terrible spiral on-screen keyboard which works for really small words.

    This sounds like a sales pitch but it isn't. I am really lazy and hate clutter: This way I have a wireless receiver attached to the PC (in the basement) and four controllers next to the TV. Nice.

  4. Chris B
    February 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    The thought of this is dreadful to me. Trying to type in usernames and passwords into my PS4 is frustrating enough. I'll take a wireless keyboard/mouse any day over a controller for basic navigation and typing.

  5. Jan
    February 15, 2016 at 9:14 am

    You know an app that does the same thing for an Xbox One controller ?

    • Doc
      February 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Better yet, an app that does the same for *any* controller?

    • Anonymous
      February 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Came here to ask the same. I wonder if this works for both 360 and Xbox One controllers. I'll have to try it out later (at work now) unless someone already knows

    • Swanny
      February 16, 2016 at 6:11 am

      Yup, Controller Companion: http://store.steampowered.com/app/367670/

      It's a paid app (US$2.99), but it works really well. Even works wirelessly as well when you have the USB wireless dongle.