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
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.
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.
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:
- Make the computer easier to see
- Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard
- Make the mouse easier to use
- Make the keyboard easier to use
- Use text and visual alternatives for sounds
- Make it easier to focus on reading and typing tasks
- Make it easier to see using Magnifier
- Make it easier to navigate, understand or hear using Narrator
- 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