OpenWindows User's Guide


If you have trouble using a mouse, use MouseKeys to make the numeric keypad on your keyboard emulate mouse actions. You can move the pointer around your screen, as you would with a mouse, and click or press mouse buttons.

Turning MouseKeys On and Off

There are two ways to turn MouseKeys on and off:

Keyboard Emulations of Mouse Actions

When MouseKeys is turned on, the keys on the numeric pad have three different kinds of functions:

You can bring up a Status window to see which mouse keys are currently pressed.

Figure B-5 Mouse Button Equivalents for a Numeric Keypad


MouseKeys Settings

Changing the Maximum Speed of the Pointer

If you have trouble moving the pointer with the accuracy you want, you can slow it down. To change how fast the pointer moves, check the box marked "Max. pointer speed (pix/sec)." (See Figure B-4.) Adjust its slider bar to the speed that you want. The speed is in pixels/per second, and can range from 10 up to 1000. [Limits on pointer speed apply only when MouseKeys is turned on.]

Setting the "Ramp-Up" Speed for the Pointer

You can set how fast the pointer reaches its maximum speed (when MouseKeys is set). To do this, adjust the slider marked "Time to max speed" (see Figure B-4.) This way, you can be more deliberate in moving the pointer. You can set the mouse to take up to four seconds to reach full speed.