Windows 7: Mouse Keys

Mouse Keys enables the user to use the numeric keypad to move the pointer instead of by using the mouse. This will benefit users who are unable to use or have difficulty using the mouse or other equivalent pointing device.

Turning On Mouse Keys

Mouse Keys may be turned on via either of the two following ways:

Via the Control Panel

  1. Open the Ease of Access control panel, and click on Change how your keyboard works.
  2. Check the box labeled Turn on Mouse Keys, and click OK (Figure 1).
  3. Make sure NUMLOCK is on. (By default Mouse Keys will not be used if NUMLOCK is off.)

Screenshot of Windows control panel for Ease of Access options

Figure 1. Ease of Access keyboard options. Check the circled box to enable Mouse Keys.

By Pressing the ALT, left SHIFT, and NUM LOCK keys simultaneously

Without pressing other keys, press the ALT, left SHIFT, and NUM LOCK keys simultaneously. A window will be displayed asking you if you wish to turn on Mouse Keys (Figure 2). Clicking Yes will enable Mouse Keys.

Screenshot of of the Turn on Mouse Keys dialog box

Figure 2. Turn on Mouse Keys dialog box.

How To Know That Mouse Keys is Working

By default, the Mouse Keys icon will display on the task bar (Figure 3). By default, Mouse Keys will not be used if the NUM LOCK is off. While in use, the Mouse Keys icon will be like the one highlighted in Figure 4. If you do not see the icon or hear a sound when pressing a modifier key, make sure the Feedback options are checked in the Mouse Keys options dialog (Refer to Mouse Keys Options).

Screenshot showing the Mouse Keys icon in the taskbar with Mouse Keys not in use

Figure 3. Mouse Keys icon, showing mouse keys not in use.

 

Screenshot showing the Mouse Keys icon in the taskbar, with Mouse Keys in use

Figure 4. Mouse Keys icon, showing mouse keys in use.

Mouse Keys Options

You may configure Mouse Keys options by clicking on Set up Mouse Keys in the Ease of Access control panel. By default, Windows will play a sound when enabling or disabling Mouse Keys via the keyboard and when NUM LOCK is turned on or off.

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