How to move the cursor with the keyboard in windows

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In Windows, you can move the cursor with the arrow keys on the keyboard. This section describes how to move the cursor without using the mouse on Windows operating systems.

The mouse is one of the primary input devices for many users. After all, most components of the operating system, software, etc., are designed with mouse input in mind.

Needless to say, using a mouse to interact with your computer makes everything much easier. For example, clicking the “+” to open a new tab is easier for most users than pressing the awkward “Ctrl+T” keyboard shortcut.

However, there are times, however, when it is necessary to control or move the mouse cursor with the keyboard. For example, if you need it as part of an accessibility feature, or if your mouse is malfunctioning or not working.

So, here is how to move the cursor in Windows with or without a keyboard or mouse.

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The following procedure works the same in Windows 10 and 11.

Moving the cursor with the keyboard in Windows

The Windows operating system has a neat accessibility option that allows you to move the cursor using the numeric keypad. Simply enable the option and it is ready to use.

  1. Open the “Settings” application.
  2. Click on “Accessibility” in the sidebar.
  3. On the “Interaction” tab, click “Mouse”.
  4. Turn on the “Mouse keys” option.
  5. (Optional) Select the “Use mouse keys only when Num lock is on” checkbox.
  6. (Optional) Select the “Hold down Ctrl to speed up, hold down Shift to speed down” checkbox.

Detailed instructions:

First, launch the “Windows Settings” application with the keyboard shortcut “Win + I”. Next, go to the “Accessibility” page. Here, scroll down and click on the “Mouse” option under the “Interaction” tab. Here you will find all the mouse accessibility features.

Turn on “Mouse Keys” to move the cursor with the numeric keypad in Windows.

Check the “Use mouse keys only when Num Lock is on” and “Hold Ctrl to speed up, Shift to speed down” check boxes.

Close the “Settings” application. You can now use the Windows numeric keypad to move the cursor.

To move the cursor with the numeric keypad:

Make sure Num Lock is turned on to control the mouse cursor with the numeric keypad. On most keyboards and laptops, you will see a small light or system notification when Num Lock is turned on or off.

Use the keys below to move or manipulate the cursor in various directions.

8

Cursor Movement/Action Press
Up
Down 2 <27
Left 4
right 6
up and left 7
up and right 9
down and left 1
down and right 3
Left button selection /
Right button selection – .
Both buttons selected *
Leftmost click item Left button (/) selected. point and press “5”
Right click item Select right button (-), point item and press “5”
Double click and item Select left button (/). Point to “+” (plus sign)
Drag & Item Point to item with cursor and press “0”
Drop & Item Point to drop location with cursor and press “.” (dot)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you select a mouse button with the supplied hotkeys (/, -, * ), that button will remain selected until you change it. For example, if you select the left mouse button with the (/) key, it will remain selected after you release the (/) key.

Changing the speed and acceleration of the numeric keypad cursor:

If you think the cursor speed is too slow or fast for your liking, you can change it from the Settings application. Follow these steps:

Open the Settings application and go to the “Accessibility > Mouse” page. Change the cursor speed and acceleration with the “Mouse keys speed” and “Mouse keys acceleration” sliders.

Move the cursor with the arrow keys on the keyboard

If you do not like or cannot use Num Pad, you can move the cursor with the arrow keys.

For this we use a free software called NeatMouse. It is very easy to set up and use.

  1. Get the software NeatMouse.
  2. Install the NeatMouse software.
  3. Launch the NeatMouse application from the Start menu.
  4. Select the “Up” column and press the “Up Arrow”.
  5. Select the “Down” column and press the “Down Arrow”.
  6. Select “Left” column and push “Left arrow”.
  7. Select the “Right” column and press the “Right Arrow”.
  8. Select the activation key from the “Activation” drop-down menu.
  9. Press the “Save” icon on the top bar.
  10. Minimize the application.
  11. Press the “Activate” key.
  12. From then on, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor.

Download NeatMouse: https://neatdecisions.com/products/neatmouse/

Detailed instructions:

First, download the NeatMouse application from the official website andInstall it. After installation, open it from the Start menu.

By default, it is set to use Num Pad to move the cursor. You can change it to use the arrow keys. To do so, set the following:

  • Select the “Up” field – press the “Up” arrow.
  • Select the “Bottom” field – press the “Down” arrow.
  • Select the “Left” field – press the “Left” arrow.
  • Select “Right” field – press “Right” arrow.

Press the “Save” icon at the top and minimize the application.

To use the application, press the “Activation Key”. A notification will appear indicating that the NeatMouse application is active. While the NeatMouse application is running, you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor.

(Optional Settings)

You can also set/change the activation key and mouse buttons as needed. The “activation key” is the key used to start the NeatMouse application, and the mouse button helps to select the corresponding mouse button when the corresponding shortcut key is pressed.

  • From the “Activation” drop-down menu, select an activation key. The default activation key is “Num Lock”.
  • Select the “Left Button” field and press the selected key.
  • Select the “Right Button” field and press the selected key.
  • Select the “Middle Button” field and press the selected key.

The mouse cursor speed can also be changed. For example, the default cursor speed may be too fast. In that case, reducing the speed will make cursor operation much easier.

To change the cursor speed in NeatMouse, click on the “More Settings” icon.

Then set the cursor speed in the “Speed” field of the “More Settings” option. In my case, setting the speed to 5 works well. We may not be able to meet your needs.

If you want to minimize the app in the dashboard, go to “More Settings” and select the “Minimize” checkbox.

Once set, be sure to click the “Save” icon at the top to save your changes.

That’s it. It is as easy as moving the cursor on your Windows keyboard.

We hope this simple and easy guide to working with Windows will help you.

If you get stuck or need help, please comment below and we will do our best to help.

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