Control the Mouse with the Keyboard in Windows XP

This tutorial assumes that you have set the Control panel to Classic View. To see how to do this, click this link (opens in a new window): Set the Control Panel to Classic View

To move your cursor around the screen, you use the mouse, of course. But if using the mouse is difficult, impossible, or just plain painful, then why not control the mouse with your keyboard keys instead? To set this up, do the following:

  • Click the Start button in the bottom left of your screen
  • From the Start menu, click on Control Panel
  • From the Control Panel, double click Accessibility Options
  • Click the Mouse tab at the top to see the following:

Accessibility Options - Mouse

Put a tick in the box where it says "Use MouseKeys", and then click the Settings button. You'll see the following screen:

Settings for MouseKeys

You can set the pointer speed to how fast you want it to move when the numeric keys on your keyboard are pressed (these are the ones on right of the keyboard. Look out for NumLock. In the image above, we can only use MouseKeys when this is on).

We've set the mouse pointer speed to High, and Fast. Click Ok on all the screens, and test it out. With the NumLock on, press the Up (number 8), Down (number 2), Left (number 4) and Right (number 6) arrow keys. You should see your mouse move around the screen

If you want to access a menu, move the mouse pointer up to the menu item you want. Then press the big 0 key on the numeric key pad. The menu should display. You can then use the normal arrow keys to highlight things from the menu. Press the Enter key to select a menu item, and to bring up dialogue boxes. You can use the Tab key on the keyboard to move around dialogue boxes. The normal arrow keys and the enter key are used to select things from the dialogue box.

If MouseKeys is active, you may see its icon in the bottom right, near the clock (the icon on the far left, in the image below):

The MouseKeys Icon

The MouseKeys option can be very handy, if using the mouse is difficult. You should still be able to use a computer, if you can't use a mouse!

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