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How to Use Your Computer Without a Mouse

Two Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to navigate your computer without using a mouse. You can do this by using the "Mouse Keys" feature on supported Windows computers and all Macs, or you can use a combination of keyboard shortcuts and the arrow keys to get around.

Steps

On Windows

  1. Try using basic keyboard shortcuts.You can use your computer's arrow keys and theEnterkey to move the selection around the currently open window and select things, respectively, and typing a letter when on the desktop or in a Windows app (e.g., File Explorer) will cause the selection to jump to an item starting with that letter. There are a few other basic keyboard shortcuts you can use:
    • Alt+Tab— Switch between currently open windows.
    • Alt+F4— Close the currently open app or window.
    • Win+D— Minimize all open windows to show the desktop.
    • Ctrl+Esc— Open the Start menu.
    • Win+E— Open the File Explorer.
    • Win+X— Open the Advanced settings menu.
    • Win+I— Open Settings.
    • Win+A— Open the Action Center.
  2. Make sure your computer has a number pad.If you don't have a grid of number keys on the right side of your computer's keyboard (in addition to the standard row of number keys at the top of the keyboard), you won't be able to use this method.
    • You can still use the keyboard shortcuts listed in the first step.
  3. Open Start .Press the key (the key with the Windows logo on it) to do so. You should see the Start window open.
    • You can also pressCtrl+Escto open the Start window.
  4. Type inease of access.This will search your computer for the Ease of Access Center.
  5. SelectEase of Access Center.Use the arrow keys to select this option at the top of the Start window if necessary, then pressEnter. The Ease of Access Center will open.
  6. SelectMake the keyboard easier to use.It's a link in the middle of the window. Press the key until you've selected this option, then pressEnterto open it.
  7. SelectSet up Mouse Keys.You'll find this blue link near the top of the page. Scroll down to it using the key, then pressEnter.
  8. Enable Mouse Keys.Press the key until the "Turn on Mouse Keys" box and line of text is selected, then press the key.
  9. Scroll down to the "Pointer speed" section.Press the key until you've selected the "Top speed" slider in the "Pointer speed" section.
  10. Adjust the pointer speed.Once you've adjusted one value, you can press the key to move to the next one:
    • Top speed— Determines how fast your pointer moves at its quickest. Press the key to raise the mouse's top speed, or press to lower it. This setting should be fairly high (e.g., 75 percent or higher).
    • Acceleration— Determines how quickly your pointer reaches its maximum speed. Press the key to raise the acceleration, or press to lower it. This setting should be at around 50 percent.
  11. Select .It's at the very bottom of the window. This will enable Mouse Keys and exit the window.
  12. Use the number pad to move around the pointer.You can use the , , , and keys to move the mouse left, up, right, and down, respectively.
    • Using the , , , and keys will cause the mouse to move at a 45° angle.
    • If your mouse doesn't start moving, press (orFn+Numon some computers), then try moving your mouse again.
  13. Press the key to click.You'll find this key in the middle of the number pad.
    • If pressing brings up a drop-down menu, press in the number pad to disable this feature. You should be able to click using after doing so.
  14. Bring up the right-click menu.Every Windows computer has a "context menu" key that usually resembles a ☰ symbol surrounded by a box. With an item (e.g., an icon) selected, pressing this key will prompt the right-click menu to appear.
    • Keep in mind that without first clicking something by using the key, the right-click menu will just display a generic drop-down in the corner of the screen.

On Mac

  1. Try using basic keyboard shortcuts.You can use your Mac's arrow keys and theReturnkey to move the cursor's selection around the currently open window, but you can also use the following shortcuts to perform a few more complex tasks:
    • Command+Q— Quit an app (or currently open window).
    • Command+Space— Open the Spotlight search bar in the middle of the screen.
    • Command+Tab— Switch to the next window.
    • Command+N— Opens a new Finder window if you're on the desktop.
    • Alt+F2, thenCommand+L— Opens System Preferences.
    • Ctrl+F2— Select the Apple Menu (pressingReturnwill open it).
  2. Open the Accessibility Options window.Depending on your Mac model, use one of the following keyboard shortcuts to do this:
    • MacBook with Touch Bar— Quickly tap the Touch ID button three times.
    • MacBook without Touch Bar— PressFn+Option+Command+F5at the same time.
    • iMac (desktop Mac)— PressOption+Command+F5at the same time.
  3. Enable Mouse Keys.Tap the Touch ID button three times (MacBook with Touch Bar) or pressCommand+Option+F5(all other Macs) to do so.
    • You can also use the arrow key to select the "Enable Mouse Keys" box and then press theReturn(orSpacebaron some computers) key to check it.
  4. Leave the Accessibility Options window open.This will allow you to disable Mouse Keys by using the keyboard shortcut that you used to enable Mouse Keys.
    • Unfortunately, you can't type with Mouse Keys enabled.
  5. Move your mouse cursor around.Using the , , , and keys, you can move the cursor left, up, right, or down, respectively.
    • Pressing the , , , or keys will move the cursor at a 45° angle down to the left, up to the left, up to the right, or down to the right, respectively.
  6. Click with the key.The key is essentially the left-click button when you're using Mouse Keys.
    • You can also hold downControlwhile tapping to simulate a right-click.
  7. Hold down the mouse.Maneuvering the pointer to rest over an icon and then pressing the key will simulate a "hold" action, allowing you to drag the icon beneath your mouse pointer by using the movement keys.
    • This is also helpful when attempting to activate hold-sensitive menus, such as the Trash menu.
    • You can press to release the hold.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    How can I be a faster typist on the computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You need to practice more. The more you type on the computer, the faster you will become. You can also take some online classes or use a pro that teaches you how to type faster.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I create a shortcut without a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Select the file with CTRL SPACE, CTRL C (copy file), Press CTRL SPACE to deselect file, Press SHIFT F10 and then Press P.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I use f11 to enter full screen mode?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, and you can turn it back on the normal screen if you press f11 again.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    All I want to do is correct an underlined word which is misspelled. How can I do that?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use your left arrow key to move the cursor back to the word, then press the menu key; it is located between the Alt and Ctrl key on the right hand side of the keyboard, and looks like a square with lines on it. This will bring up a small pop-up menu with different options, including the suggested spelling(s) for your word. Use the down arrow key to select the spelling you want, and the Enter key to select it.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I create a shortcut without the use of a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Select the file with CTRL SPACE, CTRL C (copy file); press CTRL SPACE to deselect the file; then press SHIFT F10 and then Press P.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is there technology on the market that makes a mouse completely redundant?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Not really. Sure a keyboard may be able to utilize the windows operating system through hotkeys and other such key presses but in this world, it is next to impossible to easily use a computer without a mouse. If it were you'd be seeing ultra slim and compact notebooks only having a keyboard. As for new technology, there could be something if you research it enough, maybe just give it a simple google search and if you find something, great! However, if you don't then there probably isn't anything out there like that, that exists. There is something that uses eye gestures, however, it's mainly used for extending the way you use a computer but you also need to rely on a keyboard and mouse.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I turn off my PC without a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Hold down your computer's power button until it shuts down. Before shutting down, make sure to press 'ctrl' and 'S' simultaneously to save any files you have open.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I save without a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In most applications, press CTRL + S or CMD + S on a computer running macOS. You can also press the ALT key and then press the underlined letter to access the menubar at the top of your screen. You would press ALT and then F to get to "File" and then S to get to "Save."
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I scroll without a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    In most web browsers and applications, you can use the arrow keys to move in small increments. You may also be able to use the Page Up and Page Down keys to move a screen at a time.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How can I select some words without a mouse?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    While holding down the shift key, use the arrow keys to move the typing cursor to select words.
    Thanks!
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  • How to copy movies from the computer to a removable disk without keyboard?
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Nov 24, 2019

"Only a beginner with these instructions, so I needed diagrams. Have RSI from art work using mouse so glad to findalternative for using the word doc."

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"This article is very informative about the Windows and MacOS operating systems, and provided good generalinformation about web browsers."

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