Useful Tips

Using your Num Pad to control your mouse cursor


If your mouse suddenly stops working, Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 provide the ability to control the mouse pointer from the keyboard, and some additional programs are not required for this, the necessary functions are present in the system itself.

However, there is still one requirement for controlling the mouse with the keyboard: you will need a keyboard that has a separate numeric keypad on the right. If it is not, this method will not work, but the instructions, among other things, will show how to get to the desired settings, change them and perform other actions without a mouse, only using the keyboard: so even if you don’t have a digital block, it’s possible the information provided will be useful to you in this situation. See also: How to use an Android phone or tablet as a mouse or keyboard.

Important: if your mouse is still connected to the computer or the touchpad is turned on, mouse control from the keyboard will not work (i.e. they need to be disabled: the mouse is physically disabled, see the touchpad, see How to disable the touchpad on a laptop).

I'll start with some tips that may come in handy if you have to work without a mouse from the keyboard, they are suitable for Windows 10 - 7. See also: Windows 10 hotkeys.

  • If you click on the button with the image of the Windows logo (Win key), the Start menu opens, which you can navigate through using the arrows. If, immediately after opening the “Start” button, you start typing something on the keyboard, the program will search for the desired program or file, which can be launched using the keyboard.
  • If you find yourself in a window with buttons, fields for marks, and other elements (this also works on the desktop), you can use the Tab key to switch between them, and use Space or Enter to “click” or set a mark.
  • The key on the keyboard in the lower row to the right with the menu image brings up the context menu for the selected item (the one that appears when you right-click the mouse), which you can then use to move around with the arrows.
  • In most programs, as well as in Explorer, you can get to the main menu (line above) using the Alt key. Programs from Microsoft and Windows Explorer after pressing Alt also display labels with keys for opening each of the menu items.
  • The Alt + Tab keys will allow you to select the active window (program).

This is only basic information about working in Windows using the keyboard, but it seems to me the most important, so as not to get lost without a mouse.

Enabling Keyboard Mouse Control

Our task is to enable control of the mouse cursor (or rather, the pointer) from the keyboard, for this:

  1. Press the Win key and start typing “Accessibility Center” until you have the opportunity to select such an item and open it. You can also open the Windows 10 and Windows 8 search window using the Win + S keys.
  2. Having opened the accessibility center, use the Tab key to highlight "Simplify the work with the mouse" and press Enter or the spacebar.
  3. Use the Tab key to select "Pointer Control Settings" (do not immediately enable pointer control from the keyboard) and press Enter.
  4. If “Enable keyboard mouse control” is selected, press the spacebar to enable it. Otherwise, select it with the Tab key.
  5. Using the Tab key, you can configure other mouse control options, and then select the “Apply” button at the bottom of the window and press the spacebar or Enter to enable control.

Available options during configuration:

  • Enabling and disabling mouse control from the keyboard by key combination (left Alt + Shift + Num Lock).
  • Setting the speed of the cursor, as well as keys to accelerate and slow down its movement.
  • Turning control on when Num Lock is on and off (if you use the numeric keypad on the right to enter numbers, set it to “Off”, if you do not use it, leave it “On”).
  • Displaying the mouse icon in the notification area (it may come in handy because it shows the selected mouse button, which will be discussed later).

Done, keyboard control is enabled. Now about how to manage it.

How to enable keyboard mouse control on Windows 7, XP:

To enable this function, simultaneously press the keys:Shift + Alt + Num lock and click Enter.

How to control the cursor from the keyboard:
- Activation of the function by button Num lock,
- All numbers except 5 and 0 it’s movement in the directions
- 5 this is the default left mouse button,
- To change 5 click on the right mouse button "-"(minus) on the numeric keypad, now when pressed 5 the right mouse button will work,
- To change back 5 click on the left mouse button "/" on the numeric keypad
- Also, pressing the right mouse button can be called a combination Shift + F10 but this is a less convenient option, I advise you to use the option above,
- To do a double click, click "+" or 2 times quickly press the key "5" digital block
- To hold and hold the desired object, with the left or right mouse button selected, press and hold "0" on the digital block, this is done to drag and drop objects to the desired location,
- To release the clamped object, press "." on the digital block.

In principle, it’s ready press Numlock and manage with Numpad, but there is one caveat, moving the cursor will be very slow, but this can be fixed.

Windows keyboard mouse controls

All control of the mouse pointer, as well as clicks on the mouse buttons is done using the numeric keypad (NumPad).

  • All keys with numbers, except 5 and 0, move the mouse pointer in the direction in which this key is located relative to "5" (for example, key 7 moves the cursor left up).
  • Pressing the mouse button (the selected button appears hatched in the notification area if you have not turned off this option earlier) is done by pressing the key 5. To double-click, press the “+” (plus) key.
  • Before clicking, you can select the mouse button by which it will be produced: the left button is the “/” key (slash), the right button is “-” (minus), and the two buttons are at once “*”.
  • To drag and drop items: hover over what you want to drag, press 0, then move the mouse to where you want to drag and drop the item and press the "." (Dot) key to release it.

That's all the controls: nothing complicated, although it cannot be said that it is very convenient. On the other hand, there are situations when you do not have to choose.

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11/30/2016 at 22:58

Thank! I did not even suspect about such an opportunity.

06/02/2017 at 00:17

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To speed up the movement of the mouse cursor, in Windows 7 go:

Start > Control Panel > Accessibility Center > Making your mouse easier > Setting Pointer Management
You can enter already using the cursor and keyboard, or moving using the TAB hotkeys, arrows.
The control panel should have small icons to see the desired section:

And we put both sliders to the maximum, and put a daw near CTRL - acceleration, SHIFT - deceleration as shown in the figure above.
And of course we push To apply, or OK.
Now, when you press CTRL, our mouse cursor will fly while controlling from the keyboard as fast as if we were using a real mouse.

How to speed up the mouse cursor when controlling from a keyboard on Windows XP?

- Almost the same thing, even easier. Press the keys again (together): Shift + Alt + Num lock,
We see the same window as when the function was turned on:

Enables the cursor control function from the keyboard. Windows XP

Select "Parameters", a window appears:


Click "Settings", the daw should be as in the picture.

At home, we do the same as in the picture, the main sliders are at maximum, and the checkmark CTRL is acceleration, SHIFT is deceleration.

Everything is ready, now click "OK", or "Apply" and start working

PS: for convenience and speed control you can use the blind method: Fingers are better to put in the starting position "4", "5", "6", "0" (index - "4", average - "5"nameless - "6", big - "0".) and, if necessary, raise your finger up or down.)

To find out what position the mouse can be viewed in three, you will see one of these images (provided that the last checkmark in the figure above is on):