Using a computer without a mouse and a monitor

Can you believe it? It’s not so hard to achive that. We just made it today.

I have been keeping a computer under my desk for nearly a year. The mouse is broken. I think I’ve sold the monitor. I plan to buy a widescreen LCD someday. But today I asked Jack to help me with the book writing things and we don’t have an extra computer. He reminded me that I could use the TV set. Fortunately there is a VGA socket on my TV.

Jack borrowed a VGA cable. I just connected the computer to the TV and booted it hoping everything’s fine.

But there came another problem. Because the screen resolution is too high for the TV there’s nothing showing up on the sceen. I knew what I needed to do is to adjust the resolution, but how?

I pluged in the headphone and looked at the screen of the laptop(It’s David’s laptop and was brought in by Alfred). Firstly logged off the Laptop to the Login screen. Then started pressing the "tab" key several times to see where the cursor moved to. And did the same simultaneously on the keyboard of the previouse computer. And when the box for password is activated, I typed in the password and then "enter".

When I heard the windows login music I waited for a moment for the softwares start with windows. Then I think you know what I did:

"win key" -> "win key"+"d" -> "Menu Key" -> "r" -> "shift"+"tab" -> "right arrow" for several times -> "tab" 3 times -> "left arrow" for many times to make sure the resolution is the lowest -> "alt"+"a" -> "y"

win key (left) & menu key (right)

If you don’t understand those steps just try them out. You’ll get it. That was the exciting moment. The desktop appeared on my TV!

The next problem is that althought most of the operations we do with a mouse can be done with the keyboard, some poor programmers develop softwares that can’t be used without a mouse. Like the IP-COM wireless connection management software. I plugged in the IP-COM USB wireless adapter and installed the driver and application. This application disabled the function of the system to manage the wireless connections. I was forced to use its own application. But the buttons of that application can’t be pressed using the keyboard! What a stupid software!

Now I have to use a mouse but I don’t have one. It occured to me that there’re some options to enable the user to use the keyboard to act like a mouse right after I said "I give up". I remembered that it was something with accessibility in the Control Panel. So I was just like "Check it out!"

"win key" -> "c" -> "tab" for several times to select "Accessibility Options" -> "enter" (-> if you are in Category View you need to press "tab" for a few more times and select "Accessibility Options" under "or pick a Control Panel icon" then "enter") -> "shift"+"tab" -> "right arrow" for three times to select "Mouse" -> "tab" -> "space" to check the checkbox before "Use MouseKeys" -> "enter"

OK, now you can use "num lock" key to turn on or off the MouseKeys function. How to use it? You can use your numeric keypad as a mouse.

You can use 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 to move the pointer to those eight direcitons. Pressing "5" on numeric keypad is equal to press the left button of the mouse (click). Pressing "+" on numeric keypad is equal to press the right button of the mouse (right click). Amazing, huh?

But the pointer seems to be moving so slowly. You can open the "Accessibility Options" again. On the "Mouse" tab click "settings". Now you can adjust the speed of the pointer and I like to check "Hold down Ctrl to speed up and Shift to slow down".

That’s it. Now we made it. To use a computer without a monitor and a mouse.


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