How to use the laptop without a mouse

It's useful to know how to move the mouse pointer in case your laptop's touchpad or desktop mouse breaks down before you can restore functionality to your system.

Using the arrow keys to navigate and the keys Enter and Tab to open items is obviously the first step in navigating without a mouse. You can return to the desktop and switch between programs by pressing ALT + TAB. The shortcut keys ALT + F4 let you end programs.

For instance, hitting TAB on the desktop will transport you to the Start button, where typing Space or Enter will reveal the Start Menu. By repeatedly clicking the tab key, you can navigate to the taskbar's pinned items, the notification area, and then the desktop icons again. The arrow keys can then be used to navigate.

Let's speak about using the keyboard to manipulate the mouse now that you can move about a bit.

First Choice: MouseKeys

Thankfully, Windows has a feature called Mouse Keys that enables you to move your mouse around the screen using the numeric keypad on your keyboard. You can even imitate a left-click, right-click, and double-click. Use the keypad on desktop computers, which is located far to the right of the keyboard. You'll probably need to turn on Num Lock on laptops or hold down the function key while pushing the numbers.

Open the Control Panel and choose Ease of Access from the menu to enable Mouse Keys in Windows.

Make the mouse easier to use is a link that you may find near the bottom under Explore all settings.

make the mouse is simpler to use

Activate the mouse keys option

Next, choose the box labeled Turn on Mouse Keys. By doing this, Windows will allow Mouse Keys. By hitting ALT + Left SHIFT + NUM LOCK at the same time, you can enable Mouse Keys without using the Control Panel. Keep in mind that the right SHIFT key will not function, therefore you must use the left one. 

activate mouse buttons

To set up all the choices and settings, select Set up Mouse Keys. If the pointer is moving too slowly or quickly, you can change the speed, and you can even choose to utilize the keys CTRL and SHIFT to change the cursor's pace.

setup mouse keys

Under Other Settings, take note of the other important setting. By default, only when NUM LOCK is On will Mouse Keys function. If you'd like, you may toggle this to Off. If Mouse Keys are being used, a small, round mouse icon should appear in the system tray; otherwise, a red X will appear above the mouse.

Here are the controls for using Mouse Keys, assuming you have a numeric keypad. The cursor should now be able to be moved using only the keyboard. You must first hit /, -, or * to choose the correct mouse button before you may click on anything. Then, depending on the button you select, press 5 to click or right-click.

To double-click on something, you have to select the left mouse button (/) and then press the + (plus) sign. You can also drag and drop items by first moving the mouse cursor over the item and then pressing 0 to start the drag and . (period) to drop it.

2 = Move Down

8 = Move Up

4 = Move Left

6 = Move Right

7 = Move Diagonally Top Left

9 = Move Diagonally Top Right

1 = Move Diagonally Bottom Left

3 = Move Diagonally Bottom Right

5 = Once Button is Selected, will

/ = Select Left Mouse Button

– = Select Right Mouse Button

* = Select Both Buttons 

2nd choice: NeatMouse

Since nothing needs to be installed and Mouse Keys essentially gives you complete control over the mouse, it is by far the greatest option for controlling your mouse. However, you can download and install a third-party program called NeatMouse if for some reason you don't like Mouse Keys or can't get it to operate. 

I didn't go into great depth about this application in my list of mouse customization tools, so I won't do so here. Except for the fact that you can alter the hotkeys to something else if you'd prefer, it basically functions identically like Mouse Keys. Additionally, it features a keyboard scrolling modifier, which Mouse Keys does not. 

So there's no need to panic the next time you find yourself without a mouse! The number keys on your keyboard make it simple to control your mouse cursor. Post a comment if you are having any difficulties utilizing Mouse Keys. Enjoy!

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