How to Control Your Cursor Pointer Without an Actual Mouse

Saikat Basu 22-03-2018

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Also, learn to use the accessibility feature called Mouse Keys that’s available on Windows. Mouse Keys is designed for people who have difficulty in using a mouse. The function is common for both operating systems, and it lets you control the mouse pointer with the keyboard.

How to Control Your Cursor Pointer Without a Mouse

Mouse Keys

On Windows, the numeric keypad on your keyboard helps move the pointer across the screen. Here’s how you can turn it on.

  1. Click the Start button  > Control Panel > Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center.
  2. Click Make the mouse easier to use.
  3. Under Control the mouse with the keyboard, select the Turn on Mouse Keys checkbox.

You can also configure Mouse Keys further by going to Set up Mouse Keys. For instance, the Pointer speed and its acceleration.

The position of the keys aligns with the direction the cursor will move across the screen. Here’s the screenshot from Microsoft Support which shows you the keys to press:


Mouse Keys

Also, you have to select the key which will act as the replacement for the active button in your mouse.

  • Select the left mouse button: The forward slash (/)
  • Select both buttons: The asterisk (*)
  • Select the right mouse button: The minus sign (-)

You can set only one button as the active button at a time. In the above list, the number 5 key is missing.

Single-click on any item on your screen by pressing 5 after you have selected an active button. For example, to click an item, set an active button, point to the item and then press 5.

Double-click on any item on your screen by pressing + after you have selected the active button.

Remember to configure the Mouse Keys before you mouse malfunctions. If you use a wireless mouse then it is a good idea to keep this accessibility setting switched on.

Related topics: Computer Mouse Tips, Keyboard Shortcuts, Troubleshooting.

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  1. NianticRebel
    March 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Just a word of caution. I played around with this feature and then forgot about it. Later on I discovered my numeric keypad no longer functioned as a keypad. I pulled my hair out for about 30 minutes before I realized that was the problem. Moral: If you use your numeric keypad to input numbers then don't activate this feature.

  2. Santiago
    March 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I configured the mouse pointer with the analog pad from a USB game controller and the JoyToKey application for Windows to map the buttons and cursor movement.

  3. SnowFlake816
    March 22, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for this article. I'm glad to learn about mouse keys. Sometimes it's better not to use the mouse and strain the wrist.