Windows as an OS has been trying to be as accessible and global as possible. Microsoft has been trying to add accessibility features to the OS for quite some time now in an attempt to do the same.
In this article, we’re taking a look at how you can right-click using the keyboard in Windows.
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How to use keyboard instead of a mouse?
Many keyboards have a dedicated context menu button, otherwise called the ‘document’ key between the Alt and the Ctrl keys over on the right. Alternatively, you can use the Shift + F10 shortcut. However, if your keyboard doesn’t have one, you can use a Windows feature called Mouse Keys.
Mouse Keys allows users to use their keyboard to control their cursor with the Numpad. Here’s how you can enable the feature.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Mouse Keys. Click the corresponding search result.
Step 2: Enable the Mouse Keys slider.
Alternatively, you can also use the Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock key combination to toggle the feature on or off quickly. Once the feature is enabled, you can use the following keys to control your mouse:
- 8: Move the mouse up
- 2: Move the mouse down
- 4: Move the mouse left
- 6: Move the mouse right
- 1, 3, 7, 9: Move the mouse diagonally
- Forward Slash (/) followed by 5: Left-click
- Minus key (-) followed by 5: Right-click
- Forward Slash (/) followed by Plus key (+): Double-click
Remember that the Mouse Keys feature will only work on a keyboard with a dedicated Numpad. If your laptop’s Numpad is integrated into the character keys themselves, you’ll not be able to use those keys for as long as the Mouse Keys feature is enabled.
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