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Windows 7 and Windows 8 – Using your keyboard to control the mouse

Most people think that a computer has to be operated with the mouse and that, if you cannot use a mouse, you cannot use your computer.

This is not the case. In fact not only your computer be operated entirely from the keyboard, but doing so can often be faster and easier than using the mouse.

Windows 8

  • To open the Ease of Access Centre press ‘Windows’ logo key +‘U’
  • On a touch-enabled device, swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen then tap ‘Search’ and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Ease of Access Centre’ from the search results.
  • Using a mouse move the mouse pointer to the upper right hand corner of the screen, then move the pointer down to select ‘Search’ and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap ‘Settings’ then tap ‘Ease of Access Centre’ from the search results.

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Windows 7

  • Open Ease of Access Center press ‘Windows’ logo key + ‘U’ or click Start button ‘Control Panel’ + ‘Ease of Access’ + ‘Ease of Access Center’.

Step 1

  • ‘Tab’ to and press ‘Enter’ or click to select ‘Make the keyboard easier to use’ under Explore all settings.
  • Mouse Keys enables you to use the numeric keypad on a standard keyboard as a three button mouse, Fig 1.

Fig 1

  • Press ‘Alt’ + ‘M’ or click to select ‘Turn on Mouse Keys’, to customise click to select ‘Setup Mouse Keys’ or press ‘Alt’ + ‘Y’.
  • You can turn on the keyboard shortcut Alt + left Shift + Num Lock, to allow you to turn on and off the Mouse keys as you need to use them. To use this option, click to select or press ‘Alt’ + ‘K’, Fig 2.

Fig 2

  • You can turn on a visual warning ‘Alt’ + ‘A’ when Mouse keys is turn on or click to play a sound ‘Alt’ + ‘U’ when it is turned on or off.
  • Pointer speeds when using Mouse Keys can be tailored to suit your needs by slowing down or speeding up the rate which it moves, Fig 3.

Fig 3

  • Press ‘Alt’ + ‘W’ or click to select the option to alter these settings, by using the Ctrl key to speed up and Shift to slow down the mouse pointer.
  • Top Speed is the maximum speed of the pointer when the mouse key direction key is held down.
  • Acceleration is how quickly the mouse pointer accelerates to its maximum speed.
  • Under Other Settings click to select to Use Mouse Keys when the Num Lock is selected or when NUM LOCK is Off, Fig 4.
  • Press ‘Alt’ + ‘N’ to Use Mouse Keys when NUM LOCK is On.
  • To select Use Mouse Keys when NUM LOCK is Off, ‘Tab‘ to ‘On’ and press the down arrow or click to select.

Fig 4

  • Click on OK or press ‘Alt’ + ‘O’ to save your options.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

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