How to use Windows computer without keyboard or mouse

At times it may happen that you are without a keyboard and a mouse and yet you’d like to use your Windows PC – or maybe your Keyboard or Mouse is not working. This article will tell you how you can set your Windows 10/8/7 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

How to use Windows computer without keyboard or mouse

Use Windows computer without a keyboard

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

This will display a keyboard on your Windows desktop screen.

Read: How to log into a Windows computer without Keyboard.

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.

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 checkbox. Click Apply/OK.

In Windows 10, you will also be able to do it this way – Settings app > Ease of Access > Mouse > Enable Use numeric keypad to move mouse around the screen.

Read: On-Screen Keyboard vs. Touch Keyboard.

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.

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, Office and Internet Explorer.

TIP: Mouse Without Borders lets you share keyboard & mouse across multiple Windows computers

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. ErnieK

    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

  2. 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 😀
    how can we access those controls if we dont have a keyboard or mouse?

  3. 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.

  4. Opps! My Bad 😀
    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 😀
    just curious, and wanted to know if there is.. Thanks.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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