How to Move Cursor / Pointer without using a Mouse?

It happens a lot of times that your Mouse Freezes (i.e. it gets stuck and the cursor does not move) or does not respond properly. In this case we don’t have any other option than to wait till the mouse starts responding or hit the Control-Alt-Delete combination. You can also check out our Guide to Clean a Computer Mouse.

I have come across many individuals who don’t actually use mouse and work totally with the keyboard. But it wont be easy for a Beginner or a Non-Geek to do so. But can you imagine how interesting it will be to control the mouse Cursor/Pointer without actually using the mouse? Lets learn how!

All you have to do is to Activate a small feature and you can do all you important work even when your mouse stops responding. Follow the steps:

1. Log-In to your Windows Account with Administrative rights.

2. Press Alt+Shift+NumLock keys all together [remember that it works only with the left-Shift key]. Now a Mouse Keys message box will be opened. Just select Yes and get started or you may change the settings of this feature as per your convenience.

3. Click on Settings button or a link saying “Go to the Ease of Access Center”, if you want to adjust the Mouse cursor settings in detail.

4. Now a new Settings window is opened where you can Manage and Edit all mouse settings like “Mouse Cursor Speed”, “Acceleration” and other features.
Now save the settings and you are done!

Now what are the Controls for your Keyboard-turned-Mouse?
You have to use the Number-Pad for all the mouse movements and functions.

  • 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 and 9 keys are used for moving the mouse cursor into different directions.
  • Key 5 is used for a Mouse Single-Click.
  • + Key used to double click.
  • Insert (Ins) key used to Keep holding the Mouse button for the Drag function.
  • Delete button used to release the Mouse button.

Click the NumLock key to turn off this feature. While the feature is ON, you can see an Icon as shown in the alongside image in your TaskBar.

Note: This Function works in all versions of Windows. It might not work in some Laptops because all laptops do not have the Right-Side Number-Pad on their default keyboard.

  • Shashank Shekhar

    Sorry but its not working on ma DV 6314 pavilion series notebook newayz its quite interesting am sure it would work on most of the machines is it OS specific?…

  • khalid

    Great info
    Occassionally it happens that mouse is not respnding and at that time your tips will be very useful.

  • Rohit Sane – Tech freak

    Hey Shashank,
    It wont work if your Laptop does not have a Number Pad on the right side!
    It works on all versions of windows.

  • TechZoomIn

    Hmm Cool …Good trick dude..Thanks for sharing this new one..Some time virus will block mouse from working…we can use this at that time :)

  • blinkky

    It also happened to me before. I just unplug and plug in the usb mouse if that happen =)

  • Ruchi

    Cool tips, i will give it a try.