How To Control Your Mouse With A Keyboard


I’ve had to use my computer a few times in the past without a mouse. Did you know you can use your keypad as a mouse? I didn’t know if these options still existed in Windows 10 or not but apparently, they do. If your mouse conks out on you, here is a convenient quick fix.

Windows 10

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In the Search bar start typing Ease of Access. In the list click on Ease of Access mouse settings, then turn the feature on.

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Then check whichever options you want: the first option makes it so the NumLock key has to be on first. The second just displays an icon in the Taskbar that basically tells you if it’s active. The third will speed up the movement of the cursor and from experience, it is recommended.

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Now, by turning on the NumLock key on my system:


  • Number (8) moves the cursor up
  • Number (2) moves it down
  • Number (4) is left
  • Number (6) is right
  • Number (5), (+), and (./Del) keys are the same as right-clicking
  • The Enter key would be the double-click

Windows 7

In the Search bar start typing Ease of Access and click on Change how your keyboard works.

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Click Turn on Mouse Keys. You can change the mouse key options by clicking on the Set up Mouse Keys options in blue letters. Then OK.

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Use the same keys as in Windows 10 to move around, except on Windows 7 the (./Del) key doesn’t seem to do anything.


About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

2 Comments

  1. Have to say, this does seem a bit of a performance when peripherals like meeces are so cheap and one or two can easily be left floating around as spares if one goes faulty. I have several in the house (suspect other folk have too, with quite often more than one computer these days) and a couple in my laptop case, as I never use the touch pad. Way too fiddly!

  2. Hi Terry,

    A good tip to keep near the computer.
    Many people have been without a mouse due to no replacement batteries in a wireless mouse, or other mysterious reasons such as USB failure (due to a messed up Win 10 1903 download which happened to me, missing drivers)when all the spares in the cupboard won’t make any difference.
    Then of course with Ease Of Access an online keyboard can be used if a keyboard fails.

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