How to use the Windows computer without a keyboard or mouse

At times it may happen that you are without a keyboard and/or a mouse and yet you’d like to use your Windows PC. This article will tell you how you can set your Windows 7 to do so. This article may also help those who are experiencing some disability which may be preventing you from using the mouse or the keyboard.

First open the Control Panel and then click on Ease of Access Center. You can also open the Ease of Access Center quickly by pressing together Windows logo + U key.

Here click on Use the computer without a keyboard or mouse. The full path is:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Ease of Access Center\Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard

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Use the computer without a keyboard

Check on Use On-Screen Keyboard. Click Apply/OK.

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This will display a keyboard on your Windows desktop screen.

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Use the computer without a mouse

You can now set up your mouse, so that you can use the Numeric keypad to move the mouse around the screen. To do so navigate to Set up Mouse Keys via the following path:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Ease of Access Center\Set up Mouse Keys.

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While at the Ease of Access Center, you may click on Make the mouse (or Keyboard) easier to use and then click on Set up Mouse keys. Here check the Turn on Mouse Keys check-box. Click Apply/OK.

Use Voice instead of Keyboard or Mouse

If you wish to use the Speech Recognition feature, instead of using the mouse and keyboard and use click on Use Speech Recognition.

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Here you can configure your Speech Recognition settings and experience.

Ease of Access Center

The Ease of Access Center, along with Assistive technologies, also offers several other features that can make using the computer easier and more comfortable to use. These technologies let you:

  1. Make the computer easier to see
  2. Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard
  3. Make the mouse easier to use
  4. Make the keyboard easier to use
  5. Use text and visual alternatives for sounds
  6. Make it easier to focus on reading and typing tasks
  7. Make it easier to see using Magnifier
  8. Make it easier to navigate, understand or hear using Narrator
  9. Type using the On-Screen Keyboard.

You can also check out this Guide from Microsoft on Accessibility features of Windows 7, Office 2010 and Internet Explorer.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • ErnieK

    Andy
    Yet another good and very handy article. This is one area of 7 that I have never given a thought to. Keep up the good work lettinginforming folks like myself who have not fully investigated all aspects and abilities of windows 7 know what is actually possible
    ErnieK

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Thanks ErnieK :)

  • http://www.yethz.com yethz

    wanted to ask; is it possible to use your windows pc without keyboard and mouse both not available?
    coz that’s what I understood from the title :D
    how can we access those controls if we dont have a keyboard or mouse?

  • http://www.iamlee.com Mister Lee

    Most windows users are unaware of such neat and quick tricks. Very Good and really helpful at crysis times.. those moments when our Keyboard or Mouse Die off during some emergency stuff..

    A good One Andy. thumps up.

  • http://www.iamlee.com Mister Lee

    keyboard OR mouse : )

  • http://www.yethz.com yethz

    Opps! My Bad :D
    anyhow, is there a way if keyboard AND mouse not available?
    like; if im using a USB keyboard then I unplug it while Im already inside the windows…
    I havent tried it yet coz I am using a laptop :D
    just curious, and wanted to know if there is.. Thanks.

  • http://www.iamlee.com Mister Lee

    no keyboard + no mouse .. that too on desktop. God can svae us then : )

    I guess its quite tricky. with my knowledge im unsure if there’s any other methods.

    of-course there are now touchscreen inputs, voice commands etc. but im really unsure how far the usability of these will be.

  • http://twitter.com/TuneUp4Windows Alexandra Lawrenz

    Wow, that is such a cool feature! I can’t believe Windows offers such an impressive feature without having to buy an expensive PC. Do you know if this Ease of Access/Use Computer without a keyboard or mouse is an available option for all Windows version users?

  • Tony

    most people dont seem to understand that if the keyboard or mouse dont work one can not click on anything. so no point in advising one to click on such and such. cant even re install windows because cant click on anything. this happened after updating usb driver cant get to system restore to restore to before updating driver. any help would be greatly appreciated
    kind regards to all
    Tony

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