Control Mouse Pointer From Keyboard When Mouse Gets Faulty

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 20, 2009



Has your Mouse ever gone faulty when you need it badly?



It is a very bad situation that your mouse gets faulty when you need it badly. In this article we are going to tell you the ways of controlling the mouse cursor with your keyboard keys for Windows XP and Windows Vista Computers.

It is easy to use in-build feature of Windows XP and Windows Vista. After following these steps, you can move the computer pointer/cursor without mouse.


We will share the process for both Windows XP and  Windows Vista

We will share all steps assuming that the mouse is faulty, so all steps we mention below make use of only the keyboard.


Enable Mouse Keys in Windows XP



Follow the below steps:

1. Press the Windows Button on keyboard, use the arrow keys to select Control Panel and press Enter Key, this will open Control Panel as shown below:


2. After the control Panel is opened, use the arrow keys to highlight “Accessibility Options” as shown below and press enter key.


3. After the “Accessibility Option” Window opens, press CTRL + TAB key, three times to move to the “Mouse” tab as shown below:


4. Press the spacebar to check the checkbox which says “Use MouseKeys” and press enter.


5. After you press enter in step above,the mouse keys get enabled, which will show like a small icon in tray at the right had bottom of windows screen.



Now to move the cursor, simply turn the NUM-LOCK on your keyboard ON and use the numeric pad to move the cursor. Key “5” on the numeric pad will work like a left-click, “8” will work as top, “2” as bottom, “4” as left and “6” as right.


That is is, done :)



Enable Mouse Keys in Windows Vista



Follow the below steps in Windows Vista:

1. Press Windows Key, this will launch Start Menu. Type “Ease Of Access” at start Menu, this will show the top result of this window, press enter at this as seen below:


2. This will open Ease of Access Window As seen below:


3. On Above Ease of Access Screen, press TAB key once, and use arrow key to scroll to the option which says “ Make Mouse Easier To Use”, and press enter. This will open another screen as shown below:


4. Use Arrow Key to highlight the Checkbox option which says “Turn on Mouse Keys” and press Space Key to enable the option:

save changes

5. Press the TAB key 5 times, this will move the highlight to Save button, press enter key. That is it. Now you are all ready to use the Mouse pointer using your Keyboard. After this option is enabled, you see a small icon of mouse at right hand bottom in tray, like the one below:


Now to move the cursor, simply turn the NUM-LOCK on your keyboard ON and use the numeric pad to move the cursor. Key “5” on the numeric pad will work like a left-click, “8” will work as top, “2” as bottom, “4” as left and “6” as right.


Also See our Article: Fixes to common Computer Mouse problems


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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

alexsupra May 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

the much more fast and useful way to get this mode is to press [left shift + alt + numlock] than to press [ok]

e_sentinel May 21, 2009 at 2:09 am

Hey Abhishek .. this is very useful, thank you so much.

Younus May 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm

nice information keep it up

Katie August 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

fun thing, what if you need your mouse at a log in screen & the mouse decided not to work so you can’t log in and the windows button doesnt cut it, unless you ARE logged in. didn’t think of that one did ya.

binking August 28, 2009 at 11:29 pm

i did it, but, it didn’t work. After click “OK”, and I open accessibilty options again, every change was lost.

Bikash June 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

its good ,but little bit slow….can i do anything to first it up….

Vidya sagar April 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Tq this post has helped me a lot :)

Abhishek October 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

It works too slowly….!

james October 29, 2011 at 9:46 am

how to make the pointer move fast…………it’s too slow……

Ally Wisdom January 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

it work, am operating my computer without mouse. thank u very much

adarsh August 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

If you want to move the cursor fast by keyboard you have to :
1) open control panel
2) accessibility option
3) In that dialog box, see on the top and click on mouse
4) then click use mouse keys
5) then go in its setting and maximize the speed

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