Created January 2018
Your computer can be operated entirely using the keyboard and in fact doing so can often be faster and easier than using the mouse.
How to enable Mouse Keys
- Open the ‘Ease of Access Settings’ by pressing the Windows logo key + U on the keyboard.
- On the ‘Ease of Access’ settings screen, scroll down and select ‘Mouse’ in the left-hand column.
- On the right of the screen, click or tap the On/Off toggle switch under ‘Control your mouse with a keypad’.
- From the options that appear, adjust the ‘Pointer speed’ and ‘Pointer acceleration’ sliders until you are comfortable with how the mouse pointer moves across the screen.
Using Mouse Keys
When ‘Mouse Keys’ is enabled you can use the numeric keypad to move the pointer around the screen. To speed up how quickly the mouse pointer moves, hold down the ‘Crtl’ key. To slow the pointer down, hold down the ‘Shift’ key.
Moving the pointer using Mouse Keys
|Up and to the left||7|
|Up and to the right||9|
|Down and to the left||1|
|Down and to the right||3|
Performing clicks using Mouse Keys
|Left click||Activate the left mouse button by pressing the forward slash key (/) then press 5 to perform the click|
|Right click||Activate the right mouse button by pressing the minus sign key (–) then press 5 to perform the click|
|Double click||Activate the left mouse button by pressing the forward slash key (/) and then press the plus sign key (+)to perform the double click|
Drag and drop items using Mouse Keys
|Drag an item||Press zero (0)|
|Drop an item||Point to the location you would like to drop the item and press the decimal point key (.)|
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If this is the case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.