How to Use Keyboard Controls Without Mouse

Built-in accessibility features help make Windows easier to use. Mouse Keys, for example, transforms a keyboard's numeric keypad into controller that helps people work without using a mouse. You may find this capability useful if you have a disability or simply don't want to use a mouse to control your computer.

Activating Mouse Keys

  1. Mouse Keys works by moving your mouse cursor in different directions depending on the key that you press on your numeric keypad. Turn this feature on by pressing "Windows-W" to view the Search Settings text box. Type "Change how your mouse works" in that box and you can click the "Change how your mouse works" icon when it appears. If you place a check mark in the "Turn on Mouse Keys" check box and click "OK," you'll be ready to start controlling your keyboard without using a mouse.

Selecting Buttons

  1. You may not find Mouse Keys that useful until you learn how to emulate mouse clicks. Before you use Mouse Keys to left-click an item, you'll need to press your forward slash key to select the left mouse button. The minus sign selects the right mouse button and your asterisk key selects both buttons. After you choose a mouse button, that button remains active until you select another.


  1. When you need to click an on-screen item, such as a button, use your keypad keys to move the cursor so that it points to that item. You'll then need to select the mouse button you'd like to click and trigger the click by pressing the keypad's "5" key. You can also drag an item to a new location by moving the cursor to that item, pressing "0" and using the keys to move the item to a new location. Drop the item there by pressing the decimal key.


  1. You can turn iMouse Keys on or off as needed by pressing "Alt-Shift-Num Lock." That key combination functions as a toggle switch. If your cursor moves too slowly using the keypad keys, click the "Set up Mouse Keys" link below the "Turn on Mouse Keys" check box to view the Set up Mouse Keys window. There, you can click and drag the Pointer Speed sliders to adjust the cursor's speed.