If you don’t have a mouse connected to your Windows 11 PC – or you just need an easier way to move the mouse pointer – you can turn on “Mouse Buttons” and use your numeric keypad as a mouse. Here is how.
First, press Windows + i to open the Windows Settings app. Alternatively, right-click the Start button on your system tray. If a special menu appears, select “Settings”.
In Settings, click Accessibility in the sidebar, then scroll down to the Interaction section and select Mouse.
Under Accessibility> Mouse, set the switch next to “Mouse buttons” to “On”.
By default, mouse buttons only work when Num Lock is enabled. If you don’t want to use Num Lock in this way, deselect “Only use mouse buttons when Num Lock is on.” If the mouse buttons are enabled in Settings, you can toggle the mouse buttons on or off at any time by pressing Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock.
If mouse movement is too slow (usually very slow by default), use the sliders labeled Mouse Keys Speed and Mouse Keys Acceleration to adjust them until it feels comfortable.
If you want to drastically speed up or slow down the pointer while using the mouse buttons, check the box next to “Hold down the Ctrl key to speed up and the Shift key to slow down.” Then use Ctrl and Shift as described while moving the mouse pointer with the 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 or 9 keys on the numeric keypad.
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So click the mouse buttons
How to click mouse buttons while using mouse buttons isn’t immediately obvious, but once you’ve learned it’s pretty easy. Here is a list of what each numeric keypad key does in relation to making clicks or dragging items.
- The “5” key: Pressing this button executes the active click method (left-click by default), which is set by one of the buttons listed below.
- The key: This will set the active click method to left click.
- The key: This sets the active click method to left and right mouse button clicks at the same time.
- The key: This will set the active click method to right click.
- The “0” key: Press this button to lock the left click in the on position, which is useful for dragging items.
- The “.” Button: Press this button to cancel the click-and-drag lock set with the 0 button.
It is important to note that buttons 2, 4, 6 and 8 control pointer movement in the four cardinal directions and buttons 1, 3, 7 and 9 control diagonal pointer movement.
Combining them all together allows you to perform every maneuver that you normally would with a mouse. To the example, if you want to click an icon and drag it across your desktop, use the movement keys to position the mouse pointer over it and then press “0” on the numeric keypad.
If you press the movement keys again, you will find that you are dragging the icon as if holding down the left mouse button. To release it, press the “.” (Period) key. If your movement is too slow, hold down the Ctrl key while pressing a movement key. With enough practice, using the mouse buttons will get easier over time. Have fun mousing!