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#1 bicycle bill

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 10:02 AM

I for one did not know about this after 12 years with computers. Came in handy for me when the pointer
refused to move or darted off to the corner of the screen and hid.

You can also use your keyboard as a mouse. This can be very helpful when your mouse isn’t working properly, or if you want to have some fun.

1. To activate mouse keys all you do is press Alt+Left shift key (the one below the caps lock key) and the Num Lock key.
To deactivate just press the above combination again.
All you do is use your numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer.

Here are some tips that might improve the Mouse Keys experience:
- You might want to set your options to something like the following (to change the options just double click on the mouse icon in the systray and click on settings)
1) Select ‘Hold down Ctrl to speed up Shift to slow down’ (this might be helpful if you want to go to a point quickly with your cursor)
2) Change the option to ‘off‘ where it says ‘Use Mouse Keys when NumLock is:‘ (this way you can use your numeric keypad to key in numbers)

And here are the functions that you can do with the Numeric Keypad:
5 = a left click on your normal mouse
Press 0 and navigate the pointer= Selecting the text in a normal keyboard
Pressing * or - and then pressing 5 = right click on your normal mouse (to use 5 to perform the left click action press the / key).
To scroll up and down you can either use arrow keys or the Page Up and Page Down keys. You can also use the spacebar to get to the bottom of the page.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:44 AM

Thanks for sharing this information. It seems very useful.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:27 PM

Wow cool, but boy, does the mouse move ever so slowly with both speed and acceleration maxed. I'm using dual monitors both 1920x1080 resolution so you can imagine how long it takes for the mouse to move 3850 pixels from one side to the other.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 09:24 AM

"To activate mouse keys all you do is press Alt+Left shift key (the one below the caps lock key) and the Num Lock key."

That combination doesn't work for everybody, but some people use Windows without a mouse, anyway.

This is just one of the links for key combinations:

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows


Useful when your mouse gives up. :)

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 07:55 AM

Thanks for sharing ;)

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 10:43 AM

These are pretty useful too:

(1) Win + (X)> (1) Win + L lock the current user.
(2) Win + E resources manager.
(3) Win + R operation.
(4) Win + G (Gadgets) order switching Sidebar gadget.
(5) + U Win easy access to the Centre.
(6) Win + X Windows Mobility Center.
(7) Win + Tab window opening 3-D switch.
(8) Win + Ctrl + Tab keyboard control Flip 3D window switching which there is a pause effect.
(9) Win + break open the System Properties window.
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