There are 2 important reasons why you should know how to use your laptop with only the keyboard.  The first and most obvious is when you are having problems with your laptop mousepad when it malfunction or was damaged altogether.  Another one is as a techie then you want to get into your laptop without wasting too much time with the mousepad.  in this topic, I’m going to show you step by step to navigate your laptop with only the keyboard.

How  to Use Laptop With Only Keyboard On windows

Follow these easy tips to use your laptop without the mousepad anytime.

Switch Between Entering text and giving Command

To switch between entering text and giving commands with keys press the  ALT  key, but wait, what of if you have Two on your laptop?  then,  the one you are going to be using is the left side of your laptop keyboard, that’s if your keyboard has two  ALT keys on it.

 A Quick Note Here

Sometimes you might also need to hold the Alt down while pressing the letter, that is how it works oftentimes.

  Switch Among Different Objects.

  • To move or switch among different objects within the system, use  this one here:
  • Press and hold the  SHIFT key +plus  the ALT key at the same time.
  •  Then if you like what the does or if it switches in the opposite or if what the tab does is switch among opposite items,  what you can do is  Hold the ALT down while pressing Tab to switch among windows.

The Arrow  key

The  Arrow key is used to navigate among items group,   with the  Arrow key Tab would switch between the group.

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Letter And Numbers On Your Laptop Keyboard

The ALT key has to be pressed first sometimes or a combination of both, to use the letter and number key on the laptop.  You can also choose an inactive item on the window that has letters on it.

SPACE   key

The SPACE  key is usually useful to activate the currently highlighted item.

ESC key

The ESC key on your laptop is used to cancel the function or close the active dialog box.

An important note is that the keypresses go to the active window. Other windows can be visible at the same time, but only one of them is active at a time and will get the keypresses


While the ENTER key is used to activate the default option in the window, and sometimes its use to activate the currently highlighted item.

 How to Navigate Window Using the keyboard?

So,  how do you navigate your window using only a keyboard?

  • On Windows 7 and 10 you can navigate all-around by simply pressing the   WINDOWS key the START menu will pop up.
  •  While the Start Screen is used for Windows 8 and 8.1  versions.
  •  Then you can use the arrow keys to move around and start typing to search your computer on Windows 7 and 10.
  •  Like I said earlier if you want to switch between icons on your laptop screen you can use the TAB key
  • That is icons on the Taskbar, and the system tray or you may want to try pressing the   WIN + B  at the same time that will let you to the notification area as well as between text boxes and links in Web pages.

 Quick note here

Get ready to clean the system tray if it’s getting clumsy.


Pressing  ALT + TAB will let you switch between open programs; CTRL + TAB to switch between tabs in your browser, while the  SPACE  key will help you scroll down in between items or webpages.


However,  to go back hold SHIFT+SPACE keys at the same to go back up,


PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN work the as same the ARROW key and even faster than the arrow keys.

ALT + F4

Pressing  both the ALT + F4 will close the current window

Windows + UP

Pressing the  WINDOWS+ UP will maximize the current window.

Can We Fake The  Mouse?

Yes, you can but not 100%  though, and no perfect way to perform a left-click.

Pressing  SPACE or ENTER will work for clicking a button or confirming a dialog box, but not perfectly.

  Right-Click  Performance

There are 2   options available to perform the right-click.

1st Option

This may not work for you so put that at the back of your mind, though many programs don’t respond to keyboard requests for a right-click context menu, nevertheless, you can try the combination of SHIFT + F10  to perform right-click command.

2nd Option

Though you may not find it on your laptop or keyboard, the second method includes the  MENU key situated between the right side ALT and CTRL keys. This key’s sole function is to perform a right-click.

Control The  Cursor Using the Keyboard Numbers

Move your mouse  cursor around  by using the  numbers on  your laptop  keyboard, here is how to do that :

 Go to Ease of Access Center under Make the Keyboard Easier to Use

Check the box Turn on Mouse Keys.

This will let you use the number keypad to move the pointer around you can change the acceleration and toggle and other features also.

How do I navigate the menus using only a keyboard on a Mac

To navigate the menus  using  only your keyboard  on mac  follow this method :

To get started Press the combination of  CTRL +F2    at the same time

or better still, you can try pressing CTRL +FN+F2   keys at the same time.

If the Mac has the default settings this will move the focus to the top left of the menu bar

Then you can use the cursors to navigate the menu.

Conclusion: How Do I Use My Windows laptop with  Keyboard Only.

These are helpful tips to use your windows laptop without a mouse pad using only the keyboard, and no matter what the problem is stopping you from using your mousepad or maybe you are a tech-savvy individual.  The easy tips shared here will definitely help you navigate easily and fast.

Hope this post helps you and  If you have any question comment or anything concerning this topic please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. If this post helps you please share it with others thanks.

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