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How to move the mouse with custom hotkeys in Windows [Tip]

You can move the mouse cursor with the numeric keypad keys, as covered in this article [1]. However, Windows doesn’t have any options to customize the keys. A third-party app will do the trick, and you can set up custom keys to move the mouse cursor with NeatMouse.

NeatMouse is available for the Windows Vista, 7 and 8 platforms. Press the Download button on the right of the NeatMouse software page [2] to install it. When you launch the program, you can open its window below by clicking the NeatMouse icon in the system tray.

NeatMouse [3]

Now click inside the key text boxes to add some alternatives. Press an alternative key to enter it in the text box. Then press the Ctrl + Alt + F10 hotkey to activate the new custom keys to move the cursor with. After pressing that hotkey, there will be a small mouse icon beside the cursor as below.

NeatMouse2 [4]

To switch back to the defaults, press Ctrl + Alt + F10 again. You can also switch that hotkey to an alternative by clicking within the hotkey’s text box and pressing another key. Alternatively, click the Hotkey drop-down list and select one of the lock keys to activate NeatMouse with

In addition, there is a Speed text box on the NeatMouse window. There enter an alternative value to adjust the mouse speed. Enter a higher value to increase the mouse speed with the customized keys.

So NeatMouse is a ‘neat’ tool for Windows with which you can move the cursor with a variety of keys instead of those on the NumPad. As it’s a portable app NeatMouse can also be installed to a USB stick.