Use Mouse Keys to move the mouse pointer

Applies to: Windows 7

With Mouse Keys, you can use the numeric keypad on your keyboard—instead of the mouse—to move the pointer.

To turn on Mouse Keys

  1. Open Ease of Access Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Ease of Access Center.
  2. Click Make the mouse easier to use.
  3. Under Control the mouse with the keyboard, select the Turn on Mouse Keys check box.

Moving the pointer using Mouse Keys

After you turn on Mouse Keys, you can use the numeric keypad to move the mouse.

To move the mouse pointer Press
Up and to the left 7
Up 8
Up and to the right 9
Left 4
Right 6
Down and to the left 1
Down 2
Down and to the right 3


Selecting a mouse button

Before you use Mouse Keys to click items on your screen, you must first select which mouse button you want to be the active button: the left button, the right one, or both.

To Press
Select the left mouse button The forward slash (/)
Select both buttons The asterisk (✲)
Select the right mouse button The minus sign (-)


Clicking items using Mouse Keys

After you choose a button, you can click items on your screen.

To Do this
Click an item With the left button selected as your active button, point to the item, and then press 5
Right-click an item With the right button selected as your active button, point to the item and then press 5
Double-click an item With the left button selected as your active button, point to the item and press the plus sign (+)

Dragging items using Mouse Keys

You can use the numeric keypad to press and hold the active mouse button and to release it. This is helpful if you want to drag an item.

To Do this
Drag an item Point to the item and then press zero (0)
Drop an item Point to the location where you want to move the item and then press the decimal point (.)


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