How to Move the Mouse Cursor Using the Keyboard Without a Mouse

Jul. 13, 2023 / Updated by Eloise to Windows 11

We have been accustomed to using the mouse on a computer, but what if the mouse does not work, can’t be connected, or your touchpad quits working but you don't have a Bluetooth mouse available? How can you use the keyboard to control the mouse for afterwards operations? Let’s get started.

To resolve more mouse cursor issues:

Use Mouse Keys to control cursor without mouse

Mouse Keys is a feature in Windows that allows you to use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to move the mouse pointer and perform mouse actions, such as clicking, double-clicking, dragging, and dropping. Mouse Keys can be useful if you have difficulty using a mouse or if your mouse is not functioning properly. To enable Mouse Keys in Windows 10, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock keys on your keyboard. A dialog box will appear asking you if you want to turn on Mouse Keys.

Step 2: press spacebar or Enter to select Yes.

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Once Mouse Keys is enabled, you can use the numeric keypad on your keyboard to move the mouse pointer and perform mouse actions. Here are some of the key combinations you can use:

  • To move the mouse pointer up, press 

  • To move the mouse pointer down, press 

  • To move the mouse pointer left, press 

  • To move the mouse pointer right, press 

  • To move the mouse pointer diagonally, press , 9  1  or  3 

  • To select the left mouse button, press  /   (forward slash)

  • To select both mouse buttons, press  *    (asterisk)

  • To select the right mouse button, press  (minus sign)

  • To click an item, press 

  • To double-click, press  (plus sign)

  • To drag an item, press  (zero)

  • To drop an item, press  (decimal point)

 You can also hold down Ctrl  key to speed up the pointer movement or hold down  Shift  key to slow down the pointer movement.

To disable Mouse Keys, you can either turn off the toggle switch in Settings or press Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock keys again.

Bonus tip: Keep your mouse driver up to date to avoid mouse errors

We suggest updating your mouse driver to the latest version to avoid mouse errors. And Driver Talent is just designed for this. It is a powerful and reliable software which can scan your computer and detect any outdated, missing, or corrupted drivers, and download the latest and compatible drivers for your devices. With such a tool, it will be an easy matter to keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently.

No need to search for the right drivers online, install them manually, or worry about compatibility issues. Driver Talent is capable of automatically finding the best drivers for your devices and install them with one click. It will be the best bet if you are afraid of driver errors and conflicts that can cause system crashes, blue screens, device malfunctions, or poor performance.

Step 1: Download and install Driver Talent.

Download Driver Talent

Step 2: Launch Driver Talent and click Scan to scan your computer for any driver problems.


Step 3: After the scan is complete, you will see a list of drivers that need to be updated, repaired, or installed. Find your mouse driver and click Up to date to download and install the latest version of it.


Step 4: Once done, restart your computer to save changes.

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