What to do when your mouse or keyboard stops working?

Getting a working mouse or keyboard is the best option but what if you need to do something urgently. Lets take a look at both the cases one by one. We are not going to use any third party application but just windows built in tools to achieve the goal.

What to do when your keyboard stops working?

This can even work when only some of your keys are not working as they are meant to. Windows come with an on-screen keyboard that you can click on and it acts as if you have pressed those keys from your keyboard. You can run the on-screen keyboard by typing osk in the Run dialog box. Press Win + R > osk.

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Alternatively you can run it from

Start > Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard.

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What to do when your mouse stops working?

You can do almost every thing without mouse with the help of shortcuts. Here are some of the shortcuts:

  • Win + E Open Explorer
  • Alt + Tab Switch Windows
  • Ctrl + Tab Switch between Desktop Icons, Start Menu, Quick Launch & System Tray
  • Win + D Minimize All
  • Shift + F10 Right Click (Although keyboard comes with a separate right click button)
  • Alt + F4 Close current application
  • Alt + Space bar Gives the option of maximizing, minimizing and closing the window
  • Ctrl + C Copy
  • Ctrl + X Cut
  • Ctrl + Z Undo
  • Ctrl + V Paste
  • Ctrl + A Select All
  • Hold Ctrl & Select by Space bar to select multiple items
  • Hold Alt & a single key for selecting menu in Menu bar

If you find shortcuts hard to remember, then you can use your numpad as a mouse. To activate it, press Left Shift + Left Alt + Num Lock. Pressing Right Shift & Alt button will not work. Now you can move your pointer through the following keys:

2 = Move Down 8 = Move Up 4 = Move Left 6 = Move Right 7 = Move Top Left Diagonally 9 = Move Top Right Diagonally 1 = Move Bottom Left Diagonally 3 = Move Bottom Right Diagonally 5 = Single Left Click + = Double Click - = Right Click

Press the combination again to disable. By default, the mouse pointer is set to move very slowly. You can change the settings so that it moves faster. To change the setting, Go to Control Panel > Accessibility Options.

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Select the Mouse tab and click Settings.

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Increase both the sliders of Top Speed and Acceleration to the right for maximum speed and acceleration. You can change them as per your need but their maximum value doesn't make the mouse pointer moves fast. So you can select the maximum values without thinking.

I have myself used on-screen keyboard for more than a week and regarding the scenario when mouse don't work , I prefer shortcuts. Even when the mouse is in absolute fine condition, I stick to keyboard only. What about you? Have you ever been into such a scenario? Do share with us in the comments.

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  • RP

    “Press Ctrl + R > osk.” Just so you know it’s Win + r > osk. Ctrl + r is reload :grin:

  • http://www.ashfame.com Ashfame

    @RP
    Thanks for correcting me. I have edited in the post.

  • http://www.rakshitk.com/blog Rakshit

    Good post. Nicely written. I’ll try to remember as many shortcuts as possible. Although I know some of them but I am sure that’s not enough.
    Thanks for sharing….
    :-)

  • http://www.ashfame.com Ashfame

    @Rakshit
    If you forgot the name then just remember where you read about it. Thats my blog. heh :mrgreen:

  • Jake

    Hey. How are you supposed to type OSK in the run dialogue if your keyboard isn’t working. You can open it the other way but its a wrong step.

    Thanks, Jake

  • http://www.ashfame.com Ashfame

    @Jake
    Read the first line of the paragraph. It says “This can even work when only some of your keys are not working as they are meant to.” So if all of your keys are not working other than o,s & k you can still do it.

  • just kiddin

    I got up the OSK and clicked on cntl-alt-del but my pc didn’t reboot

    Am I doing anything wrong ;)

  • http://www.ashfame.com Ashfame

    @just kiddin
    This combination doesn’t work for me either.

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  • bobp

    For those using Linux, there is gok. Gnome Onscreen Keyboard.

  • http://zimbob.outwar.com/page/2143763 jersey girl

    really that is neat

  • http://www.designingthenews.com Dave Bowker

    Excellent. If my keyboard stops working, all I have to do is open up the run dialog box and type… wait… what?

  • https://www.thecrave.info XtCrAvE

    A Nice post and well laid out! Thanks!

    Also if you like to keep things keyboard only give launchy a try, alt + space brings up it’s launching menu and a few more letters gives you the most relavant applications on your pc!
    ie:
    alt + space (to bring up launchy)
    fir (brings up firefox)
    (lanuches firefox)

    once you get used to it you want it everywhere!

  • Dummy

    “What to do when your mouse or keyboard stops working?”

    “…You can run the on-screen keyboard by typing osk in the Run dialog box. Press Win + R > osk.”

    Hey, how the fuck are you going to do this without a keyboard?

    Not to mention how anyone who doesn’t ride a shortbus knows about this feature…

  • WTF

    How on earth will you be able to TYPE in osk in the run dialog if your keyboard is broken?

  • http://www.ashfame.com Ashfame

    @all

    As I said earlier in comment 6

    Read the first line of the paragraph. It says “This can even work when only some of your keys are not working as they are meant to.” So if all of your keys are not working other than o,s & k you can still do it.

  • http://weblog.blogas.lt/ Valdemaras

    i’m currently using osk cause both my laptops and periferal keyboaardss are not working. thats sucks but hey…

  • ashley

    my enter key stoped working and i was wonderning if their were any kind of code to use for the enter key

  • http://www.ashfame.com/ Ashfame

    @Valdemaras
    I think you should go & buy a new, its a trick just for a while.
    @ashley
    I am afraid but there is no option or possible combination that can work like enter key.

  • babba

    good but if ur keyboard wont work HOW WOULD U DO THE SHORTCUTS?/

    • http://www.ashfame.com/ Ashfame

      you can always use the mouse, shortcuts are for the case when you have only some keys as faulty (assuming they are not the one to be used)

  • francis

    i need help :{ when i press a key it either does not work or it types another letter,for example when i press enter it types x and when i press f it doesnt work