How To Navigate Without Mouse

Maybe your mouse or touchpad at your laptop is inoperable, or maybe you forget to bring it with you. Perhaps you are having USB driver problems, and your mouse isn’t working. It is a very painful experience navigating through everything using only your keyboard. Web browsing will be nearly impossible unless you’re prepared to hit the Tab key thousands of times! So it’s better you know how handle this situation before it happens. Here is the way how can you move your mouse cursor using your numeric keypad.

Windows has a built in tool called MouseKeys that allows you to control the pointer with the numeric keypad on your keyboard. To enable MouseKeys, you can go to Control Panel > Accessibility Options > Mouse tab and check Use MouseKeys. Another way to enable MouseKeys is by simultaneously pressing the “left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK” keys. Take note that it only works if you press the left side ALT and SHIFT. If you use the right side, it wouldn’t work. When MouseKeys is enabled, you can temporary disable it by pressing the Num Lock key.

Here are the keys used by Mousekeys to navigate your cursor:

  • 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 = Simulate Mouse Single Left Click
  • (+) = Simulate Mouse Double Click
  • (-) = Simulate Mouse Right Click
  • (*) = Simulate Both Mouse Buttons Click At Once

By default, the cursor will move really slow. You’ll have to go to Settings and adjust both the top speed and acceleration to the highest. To set the maximum speed at which the mouse pointer moves when you hold down a MouseKeys direction key, under Pointer speed, drag the Top speed slider. To set how quickly the mouse pointer accelerates to its maximum speed when you hold down a MouseKeys direction key, under Pointer speed, drag the Acceleration slider.

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