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Resurrecting PCs One At A Time

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This is a seldom used Windows XP feature that is sure to come in handy (probably when you least suspect it). I’m referring to Mousekeys, which when activated allows you to navigate the mouse cursor using the arrow keys on your keyboard. This type of knowledge can definitely help you out if you are ever in a situation where the mouse is inoperable.

There are a few ways we can open Mousekeys , I will show you 3 different ways…

Click backupreg_01.jpg, then backupreg_02.jpg.

Type control access.cpl,,4


then click backupreg_03.jpg

Here is a 2nd way to open Mousekeys

On your Keyboard Press the following Keys at the same time:



Finally here is the 3rd way to open Mousekeys

Click backupreg_01.jpg, then Go to CONTROL PANEL , then Go to ACCESSIBILITY OPTIONS, then click on the MOUSE Tab

The Mousekeys will open. Depending on how you opened Mousekeys, you either have to check mark the box USE MOUSEKEYS , then click ok. (if you opened Mousekeys using the Left SHIFT+ALT+ NUMLOCK, then all you have to do is hit OK and Mousekeys will start) Once the Mousekeys is running simply use the arrow keys located on your numeric keypad (8 is up, 2 is down, 4 is left, and 6 is right).


To move the cursor simply tap on the arrows in the numeric keypad (if you hold down one of the arrows, it will move the cursor faster).

You will probably notice that the cursor moves incredibly slow, so one other thing I do is, when I open Mousekeys, I go into the Settings and adjust the speed all the way up.


Here is what you need to know to navigate with Mousekeys:

  • To move up, tap or hold down the 8 key on your numeric keypad

  • To move down, tap or hold down the 2 key on your numeric keypad

  • To move right, tap or hold down the 6 key on your numeric keypad

  • To move left, tap or hold down the 4 key on your numeric keypad

  • To Click on something, Hit the 5 key on your numeric keypad

  • To double-click, press the plus sign (+) on your numeric keypad

  • To right-click, press the minus sign (-) on your numeric keypad

  • To drag something, move the cursor to the item you want to drag then press the Insert key. Then to release the item hit the Delete key.

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Kevin O'Connell said:

Having commenced the set up of a new PC, I found myself on the Windows Vista acceptance page with a non-working optical mouse (but working keyboard). ENTERing "I accept" does nothing - you have to click in the box. Your instructions saved further hassle (fortunately SHIFT-ALT-NUMLOCK was recognized and accepted at that stage).
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August 17, 2008
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venkat said:

Its nice there is firefox add-on called "mouseless browsing" makes to browse firefox without mouse.It uses boxes in the page and the links are numbered and clicking number on keyboard opens the link.
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ladiisprksz said:

wow this was very useful becuase my father took out the mouse out the computer and now i kant use it but knowing this it would be easy as 123 smilies/smiley.gif
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November 18, 2008
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QuestionsPlus said:

Once mousekeys is set up, how do you go back to using an optical mouse? Do you have to de-select anything?
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May 14, 2009
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QuestionsPlus said:

Do you have to de-select any settings when you want to revert back to an optical mouse?
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Mohammed said:

I love this feature, it is really good and thank u for your information (you rock man)
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July 18, 2009
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