Using the keyboard to control the mouse in Windows 95,98,2000,Me

To turn ' MouseKeys ' on:

  1. Open the Start menu by clicking on the ' Start ' button or by pressing the ' Windows ' logo key (located between the ' Ctrl' and 'Alt ' keys on most keyboards) alternatively press ' Ctrl ' + ' Esc ' .
  2. Click on ' Settings ' or press the letter ' S ' on the keyboard.
  3. Click on ' Control Panel ' or press the letter ' C ' on the keyboard.
  4. Double click on ' Accessibility Options ' or press the ' A ' key repeatedly until ' Accessibility Options ' is highlighted and then press ' Enter ' to display the ' Accessibility Properties ' window as shown in Fig 1.

Accessibility Options
Fig 1

  1. Click on the ' Mouse ' tab or press ' Ctrl ' + ' Tab ' until the Mouse tab is at the front (see Fig 2).

Accessibility Properties Dialog Box
Fig 2

  1. Click in the checkbox: ' Use MouseKeys ' , or press' Alt ' + ' M ', to check the box.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to close the' Accessibility Properties ' window.
  3. You should now be able to use the number pad on your keyboard to control the mouse cursor. See Fig 3 for a description of which keys do what.

Number Pad display
Fig 3

Changing ' MouseKeys ' settings

Here are instructions for changing the settings for ' MouseKeys ' .

  1. Follow steps 1 to 5 above.
  2. Click on the ' Settings ' button or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to display the settings dialog box as shown in Fig 4.

Settings for Mouse Keys Dialog Box
Fig 4

Use shortcut

If the ' Use Shortcut ' option is selected, then ' MouseKeys ' can be started by pressing the key combination ' Left Alt ' + ' Left Shift ' + ' Num Lock ' . If you are using only one finger, a mouthstick, or a headpointer to operate the computer, the easiest way to activate ' MouseKeys ' is to first activate ' StickyKeys ' by tapping ' Shift ' key five times. You can then press the three keys one after the other rather than together.

  1. Check this option by clicking in the ' Use Shortcut ' check box or pressing ' Alt ' + ' U ' to check this check box.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the ' Accessibility Properties ' window.

Pointer speed: top speed

Sets the maximum speed at which the mouse pointer moves when you hold down a ' MouseKeys ' direction key.

  1. Use the mouse to click on and drag the slider to where you want it, or press ' Alt ' + ' T ' to select the ' Top speed ' slider bar and then use the ' left ' or ' right ' arrow keys to adjust the slider position.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the Accessibility Properties ' window.

Pointer speed: acceleration

Sets how quickly the mouse pointer accelerates to its maximum speed when you hold down a ' MouseKeys ' direction key.

  1. Use the mouse to click on and drag the slider to where you want it, or press ' Alt ' + ' A ' to select the Top Speed slider bar and then use the left or right arrow keys to adjust the slider position.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to ' Accessibility Properties 'window.

Hold down ' Ctrl ' to speed up and ' Shift ' to slow down

This option lets you use the ' Shift ' + ' Ctrl ' keys to temporarily slow down or speed up mouse pointer movement when you are using ' MouseKeys ' . To move the pointer slowly, hold down the ' Shift ' key while you press the 'MouseKeys' direction keys. To speed up the pointer, hold down the ' Ctrl ' key while you press the ' MouseKeys ' direction keys.

  1. Click in this box or press ' Alt ' + ' H ' to check this box.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to ' Accessibility Properties ' window.

Use ' MouseKeys ' when Num lock is on\off

This sets whether the ' Num Lock ' setting must be on or off for the numeric keypad to function as ' MouseKeys ' . This enables you to switch between ' MouseKeys ' and standard keypad operation by pressing ' Num Lock ' .

If you also want to use the numeric keypad for data entry click ' Off', If you use the numeric keypad for navigation and for the ' INS ' and ' DEL ' keys, click ' On ' .

  1. Click in the ' On ' or ' Off ' box to set this option, or press ' Alt' + 'N ' to set the option to ' On ' or press ' Alt ' + ' F ' to set the option to ' Off '.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to ' Accessibility Properties ' window.

Show MouseKey status on screen

Displays a status indicator for ' MouseKeys ' on the taskbar.

  1. Click in this box to check it, or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to check the box.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to ' Accessibility Properties ' window.
  3. Finally click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to close the ' Accessibility Properties ' window.

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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