Move Mouse Pointer Using Keyboard with Mouse Keys feature on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a great option that allows you to use your keyboard to move the mouse pointer, make a double click or even drag-and-drop objects – you’ll just need a keyboard with numeric keypad to use Mouse Keys feature. Important to mention that it is not necessary to disable the mouse when using it.

How to Turn On Mouse Keys on Windows 10 Machine?

Mouse Keys feature can be activated from Settings or using classic Control Panel. The fastest way to enable it is to use a key shortcut:

  1. Press Left Alt + Left Shift + NUM LOCK;
  2. The system will ask you to confirm the action, press Enter. Now you can use the numeric keypad to move the mouse the pointer.
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Below is another method on how to activate the Mouse Keys feature:

  1. Go to Settings (press Win + I)  -> Ease of Access -> Mouse;
    turn on mouse keys
  2. Turn on Use numeric keypad to move around the screen.

Now you can use buttons 2, 4, 6 and to move the mouse cursor to left, right, down and up; you can also use buttons 1, 7, 9 and 3 to move it by diagonal.

Important! By default, the Mouse Keys feature will work only when NUM LOCK is on. It means that you won’t be able to type in numbers in other applications (like MS Excel or Internet browser) – that’s happening because numeric keypad is now responsible for moving the mouse cursor.

To speed up the pointer using keyboard you need to turn on Hold down Ctrl to speed up and Shift to slow down option. This will help you to move the cursor faster around the screen.

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How to Change Settings of Mouse Keys Feature on Windows 10?

There’s a lack of settings for Mouse Keys feature in Settings section of Windows and that’s why we recommend you to use Control Panel to choose among the additional options:

  1. Go to Control Panel (press Win + R, type in and run control) -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center;
    turn on mouse keys settings
  2. At Explore all settings section find Make the mouse easier to use option;
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  3. At Control the mouse with the keyboard section click on Set up Mouse Keys;
    turn on mouse keys windows 10

After that you need to turn on Mouse Keys feature – to do this check on Turn on Mouse Keys. After that you can use numeric keypad on the keyboard to move the mouse pointer around the screen.

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Now let’s take a look at other settings:

  1. User can set Windows to perform sound signal when the Mouse Keys feature is on or display a warning message;
  2. Another awesome option is a pointer speed adjusting. You can save a lot of time using it, no one will like to move the pointer from one screen’s corner to another for a half of an hour. Change the settings of Pointer speed section (Top speed and Acceleration) in the way that’s comfortable personally for you. After that you can speed up or slow down the pointer using keys Ctrl/Shift;
  3. Section Other settings allows you to set the feature to activate itself when the NUM LOCK is on; display the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar;

How to Use Keys to Move the Mouse Cursor?

You can use the following keys to use keyboard to move the pointer:

  • 2/4/6/8 – move your pointer down, left, right and up;
  • 1/7/9/3 – move the mouse cursor between the diagonals of the screen.
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Button [5] performs a mouse click (just click – it can be left click, right click or both). To specify the type of click you want, at first press one of the following buttons and only after that press button [5] to perform the needed type of click:

  • [/] – left click;
  • [*] – both buttons click;
  • [-] – right click;
  • [+] – double click.

To drag-and-drop items using keys on Windows 10:

  • [0] – drag object. You need to move the pointer to the object, press [0] and drag it to the needed place;
  • [.] – drop the item. When the object is at the needed position, just press [.] to drop it.

That’s all! Hope this article was useful and now you know how to move the mouse cursor even in case you don’t have a mouse or it’s not working!

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