Use Keyboard to Move Mouse Cursor When Mouse Not Working

I usually prepare a set of rechargeable batteries for my wireless mouse, but I occasionally forget to recharge the batteries and that the time I need to use my keyboard to move mouse cursor to keep working with my PC. This is my own reason of why I keep a mouse emulator program. It comes very handy when your mouse stops working suddenly and you have no time to fix it or to buy another one yet.

Windows has provided a built-in feature called as Mouse Keys that lets you move mouse cursor using the numeric keypad, but it isn’t good enough. Fortunately, there are a number of free utilities that can do it better.

NeatMouse

This free mouse emulator software allows users to create different custom profiles. Assign keys to each action and save it as your own profile. Whenever you need to use the program, activate its function quickly with a shortcut key.

Mouse cursor movement speed can also be configured. The alternative speed is a feature that lets you move the cursor using a different speed instantly.

An icon can be displayed next to the cursor to find out immediately if it is active or not.

NeatMouse (377 KB) is a freeware that works with Windows 7, Vista and XP SP 2. Regular and portable editions are available.

MouseFIGHTER

While you can’t create custom profiles, this program still lets you assign your own keyset for the mouse actions. Change each key and hit the apply button to make the new setting works instantly. What makes it stands out is its flexibility to adjust the acceleration and speed of the mouse. Yes, the MouseKeys feature in Windows does let you do this as well, but this one can do more.

I’m not sure about the ergonomic style, but I guess this model is the one claimed to be giving the best position, ergonomically. for your fingers.

The disadvantage of using this application, however, is that it attempts to open the developer’s website each time you launch it.

MouseFIGHTER requires .Net Framework 2.0 or higher to run properly. It works with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, and Windows 98.

Browser Add-On to choose and click links easily with keyboard

The two belows are not applications to move cursor on your screen, but they can help you to move between links and clicks on any desired link within a web page without using your mouse. Combining one of the above programs with these two will be pretty helpful for mouseless navigation.

Mouseless Browsing

This is a Firefox extension for navigating between links easily within web pages using keyboard. Some might argue that the built-in feature “Quick Find (Links Only)” in the browser is good enough, but it can only find text links, not image links. Mouseless Browsing recognizes all of the clickable elements.

Mouseless Browsing adds a unique number to each link it detects. Simply type the number and hit the Enter keyboard button to open the link. You can also open links in new tabs or new windows.

I found that viewing a web page crowded with numbers was a little irritating, so I combine this extension with the “Quick Find (links only)”. I use the built-in Firefox feature to find and click text links and use the extension to access other links. By hiding the numbers for the text links I can reduce the amount of the numbers displayed significantly.

Keyboard navigation for Chrome

A Chrome extension that adds unique id to each link. The ids are displayed only after you hit the activation shortcut key. Type the id for the desired link and hit the Enter keyboard button to focus or click on it.

Unlike Mouseless Browsing that shows numbers for all links within a web page, it displays ids only for links on the currently visible part of the screen. If you scroll the page to view the hidden area, you have to press the activation key again, twice, to turn off and on the ids.

The characters used for the ids can also be changed according to your liking. You can include font, number and even symbol.

Personally, I like this Chrome extension rather than Mouseless Browsing because it is much simpler to use. You can get it from here.

Tips:
Let your mouse emulator program runs in the background even if there is nothing wrong with your mouse. Use the keyboard instead of the mouse for simple navigation like scrolling a page, move horizontally or vertically. This way you can reduce the use of the mouse, making you less vulnerable to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).





Related Posts:

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment