Configure Your Keyboard To Control Cursor Movements In Windows Vista

Configure Your Keyboard To Control Cursor Movements In Windows Vista

Most of us are very much dependent on the mouse for controlling the cursor on GUI (Graphical User Interface) of our PC. Have you ever thought of controlling the cursor movements without using a mouse? You might like to give it a thought to prevent yourself from being stuck in the middle of an important task due to some problem with your mouse.

However, if you are a Windows Vista user, you need not worry as Vista allows you to configure your keyboard and control the movements of the cursor using numeric keys. Although, you won’t be as comfortable as you are while using a mouse, it is certainly a trick worth learning as it would definitely help incase of an emergency.


You need to use the below mentioned steps.

  • Click on the “Start” button to open the Start Menu. Go to “Control Panel” and open “Ease of Access”.
  • Click on the option that helps you in making the use of mouse easier.
  • Check or tick the checkbox corresponding to the option for turning on mouse keys. Now, click on the link that allows you to set mouse keys.
  • You will be prompted with a window in which you can configure or set the mouse keys as per your preference. The window includes various options such as turning on mouse keys, setting pointer speed, configuring whether the mouse keys should be used when the NUM LOCK is ON or OFF, etc.

What is the use of Windows Accesibility Wizard

Windows Accessibility Wizard comes handy for users who have difficulties with vision, hearing and/or mobility. With Windows Accessibility, users can make Windows XP and computer easier to use.

To start the Accessibility Wizard:

> Choose Start

> All Programs (or Start > Programs from the Classic Start menu)

> Accessories

> Accessibility

> Accessibility Wizard.

With Windows Accessibility Wizard users will be able to :

> Select the smallest text size that they’ll be able to read,

> Enable or disable options that allow them to read text more easily ( Such as changing the interface font size ), switch screen resolution, or use personalized menus.

> Indicate types of features that are difficult for you to use.

> Adjust the size of scroll bars and window borders if needed.

> Change the size of the icons (normal, large, or extra large).

> Choose from several color schemes that alter the contrast of text and colors on the screen.

> Change the size and color of the mouse pointer.

> Change the cursor blink rate and width.

> Display visual warnings when system events occur.

> Display captions for speech and sounds.

> Use Stickykeys, which makes it easier to use multiple keystroke combination.

> Use BounceKeys, which ignores repeated keystrokes.

> Use toggleKeys, which plays a sound when you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock.

> Show extra keyboard help when applicable and available.

> Use MouseKeys to control te mouse pointer through the numeric keypad.

> Select a right-or left-handed mouse and adjust the mouse pointer speed.

> Turn off StickyKeys, FilterKeys, ToggleKeys and High Contrast features when the idle time exceeds a specified period.

> Configure all these settings as the default for new user accounts or for the current user only.

Once you are done with selecting your choices, review it thouroughly again to make sure you have got your preferred choice correct. Once you save and exit the Accessibility Wizard, the changes will be applied.