Keyboard Mouse control

This comes in handy when working at a colo or someplace where you don't have a mouse and then find yourself needing to use X11. Press the following key combo:


Now you can control the mouse pointer using the number pad. The key bindings are:

Move the mouse pointer

  • 7, 8, 9 are the up directions
  • 4, 6 are left and right
  • 1, 2, 3 are the down directions

To control the mouse buttons

  • / selects the left mouse button
  • * selects the middle mouse button
  • - selects the right mouse button

This only selects the mouse button but does not press it. To actually use the mouse button:

  • 5 mouse click
  • + double mouse click
  • 0 to press and hold the mouse button (e.g. for dragging)
  • . to release the currently mouse button.

For example, to do a mouse-click with the middle button you first press the * key and then 5 to click.