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Windows 7: Help Please! Control mouse/cursor with keyboard lacking numeric keypad

05 Sep 2010   #1
rt30000

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Help Please! Control mouse/cursor with keyboard lacking numeric keypad

Hi All, I visit thee forums frequently but rarely post. Anyhow, on to my issue -

I am running an HTPC on Win7 64-bit. I have a Microsoft Arc keyboard, no mouse. I can do most navigation, etc with a keyboard fine (majority of the time it's in Media Center anyhow) but there are a few applications/buttons that are inaccessible without using a mouse/cursor. Windows has Mouse Keys built-in but you must use the numeric keypad to control which is not an option for me (or most laptop users probably). I have done some searching but haven't found a solution yet. Ideally, in a perfect world, I wish I could do something as simple as when I hold down another button the arrow keys could be used to move mouse instead of normal arrow key movement.


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19 Oct 2010   #2
drazenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hum....and can you please tell me again why buying of an USB mouse is not an option for you?
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19 Oct 2010   #3
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

I believer in older versions on windows the arrow key thing was an option..... I know it was in win 98 cause I used that to mess with some friends..

I found this
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-mouse-pointer
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19 Oct 2010   #4
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drazenn View Post
hum....and can you please tell me again why buying of an USB mouse is not an option for you?

The OP is running a home theater pc..... I am doing the same thing. It is not ALWAYS convenient to have to run a mouse across your living room to use your computer.... I am using my old wireless mouse and keyboard at the moment on mine but it can be a pain cause, honestly whos going to have a flat surface when you on the couch....
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19 Oct 2010   #5
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I have an iHome wireless mouse, and I can use it on my leg It's very convienient, and the dongle fits inside the mouse, and it is very very small, so if you had a USB on the front of your home theater PC it wouldn't stick out a thousand feet.
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19 Oct 2010   #6
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

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19 Oct 2010   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

If a keyboard is lacking a numeric keypad then there's normally keypad functionality built into some of the other keys (just like a laptop keyboard) via use of a 'Function' button. Pressing the FN key and the desired key will produce keypad-like inputs.
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20 Oct 2010   #8
drazenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mckillwashere View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drazenn View Post
hum....and can you please tell me again why buying of an USB mouse is not an option for you?

The OP is running a home theater pc..... I am doing the same thing. It is not ALWAYS convenient to have to run a mouse across your living room to use your computer.... I am using my old wireless mouse and keyboard at the moment on mine but it can be a pain cause, honestly whos going to have a flat surface when you on the couch....
Uh,I am not into home theatar and don't want to argue at all,but basically what you are saying it is easier for you to stand up of couch and grab your keyboard(wireless or with cable across your living room again)then use a wireless mouse or trackball which you can put under your pillow,or next to your head or leg if you feel a bit sleepy?
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20 Oct 2010   #9
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drazenn View Post
Uh,I am not into home theatar and don't want to argue at all,but basically what you are saying it is easier for you to stand up of couch and grab your keyboard(wireless or with cable across your living room again)then use a wireless mouse or trackball which you can put under your pillow,or next to your head or leg if you feel a bit sleepy?
Look at the keyboard as a big remote. You keep it next to your couch when you need it you pick it up... Just like with your TV remote. do you keep your tv remote attached to the tv, or close to your tv?

Granted I think a better solution is an all-in-one keyboard which looks ALOT like the bottom half of a laptop. Those are just a lil more expensive....
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20 Oct 2010   #10
Orbital Shark

 
 

This is going to sound like a silly question but have you tried using the 4-way directional button?

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