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If your mouse and touchpad stop working, or if you’re just tired of moving back and forth between your mouse and keyboard, you can use Mouse Keys to move the cursor on your screen by using keys on your keyboard.

How to Enable Mouse Keys on Windows 11

You’ll need to enable the Mouse Keys feature before you can use your keyboard to move your cursor. First, open the Settings App by right-clicking the Start button in the taskbar and then clicking “Settings” from the menu that appears.

Open the Settings app.

Next, click “Accessibility” near the bottom of the left-hand pane.

Click Accessibility.

On the Accessibility screen, scroll down and click “Mouse” in the Interaction group.

Click Mouse.

Next, toggle the slider next to “Mouse Keys” to the “On” position.

Turn on Mouse Keys.

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Alternatively, if your mouse isn’t working but you still need to enable Mouse Keys (or if you just like shortcuts), press Alt+Shift+Num Lock and a pop-up message asking if you want to enable Mouse Keys will appear. Click “Yes” or press Enter.

Use a keyboard shortcut to enable Mouse Keys.

Once turned on, you can tweak some Mouse Keys settings, such as:

  • Only use Mouse Keys when Num Lock is on.
  • Show the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar.
  • Hold the Ctrl key to speed up and the Shift key to slow down the cursor speed.

Check the box next to each option to enable them.

Enable additional features.

You can also increase or decrease the speed and acceleration of Mouse Keys by clicking and dragging the slider of each option right or left, respectively.

Change mouse speed and acceleration.

With Mouse Keys enabled and your settings tweaked to your liking, you can start using your keyboard to move your cursor, select items, and even move things around.

Moving the Cursor

Here’s what you need to press to move the cursor.

Cursor Direction Key
Up 8
Down 2
Left 4
Right 6
Up and left 7
Up and right 9
Down and left 1
Down and right 3

Clicking Items

Clicking items using Mouse Keys can be a bit tricky, as you’ll first need to select which mouse button (left or right) you want to be the active button. To activate a mouse button, just press the respective key.

Mouse button Key
Left Forward slash (/)
Right Minus (-)
Both Asterisk (*)

The selected mouse button will remain active until you change it. Depending on which mouse button is activated, you can:

Action Key
Left-click Hover your cursor over an item and press 5

(Left button must be activated)

Right-click Hover your cursor over an item and press 5

(Right button must be activated)

Double-click Hover your cursor over an item and press Plus (+)

(Left button must be activated)

Dragging and Dropping Items

You can also drag and drop items using Mouse Keys.

Action Key
Drag an item Hover your cursor over the item and press 0. After that, use the keys to move the cursor to drag the item.
Drop an item Navigate to the location on the screen that you would like to drop the item and then press Period (.).

Mouse Keys has been around for a while (you can still use Mouse Keys in Windows 10) and is still a great accessibility feature in Windows. If you’re wanting to spice things up a bit, you can also change the mouse pointer size and style, as well as the color.

RELATED: How to Change Mouse Pointer Size and Style in Windows 11

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