How to Use a Keyboard As a Mouse on XP

If you find yourself working on a Windows XP computer with a faulty mouse and you don’t have a spare on hand, a useful Windows utility called “MouseKeys” will come to your rescue. Once activated using a keyboard shortcut, you can control the mouse pointer using your keyboard's numeric keypad. The arrows on the keypad represent the direction of movement when pressed, while the “5” key simulates the left mouse button and the “-” key serves as the right mouse button.

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    Turn on MouseKeys in Windows XP by pressing “Left-Alt, "Left-Shift" and "NumLock” simultaneously. Press “Enter” to select “Yes” in the dialog box that appears to activate MouseKeys.

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    Move the mouse pointer left and right by pressing “4” and “6” on the numeric keypad. Press “8” and “2” to move the pointer up or down. The “1”, “3”, “7” and “9” keys move the mouse pointer diagonally.

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    Simulate a left mouse click by pressing “5." Press “+” to double-click. Press “-“ and then “5” to right-click.

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    Drag and drop by moving the mouse with the numeric keypad. Press “Insert” to simulate holding down the mouse button, and then press the “Delete” key to release.