What is Cursory?

Cursory is a small program for Windows XP that makes it possible to use the keyboard to control the mouse pointer using the cursor keys. Alternatively it can be used to generate mouse clicks using the keyboard while still using the mouse to control cursor movement.

Where can I get it?

Click here to download.

How does it work?

When Cursory is run from the Start menu, you will see an icon appear on the taskbar to indicate that the program is running. Cursory can be enabled or disabled by clicking the taskbar icon. A red “X” on the icon indicates the disabled state.

While Cursory is running, the following functions are available:

  • Press the left Ctrl key briefly to perform a left click when the key is released. Note that if any other key is pressed while Ctrl is held down, Cursory will not perform the action, and so normal keyboard shortcuts using the Ctrl key can be used as normal without a mouse click being generated each time.
  • Press the right Ctrl key to perform a right click when the key is released.
  • Hold the left Ctrl key down for a longer interval to perform a drag (click and hold) when the key is released. Press Ctrl again to end the drag. While the drag is in progress, a lock icon will appear next to the mouse pointer.
  • Press the right shift key briefly to activate mouse movement with the cursor keys (see below).
  • Hold the right shift key for a longer interval and release to carry out a teleport operation (see below).

While mouse movement mode is active (indicated by a four way arrow icon), pressing any cursor key moves the pointer in that direction. For faster movement, hold down the left shift key at the same time as the cursor key, for slower movement, hold down the left alt key. Press Escape to exit this mode, or press Enter to perform a left click and then deactivate cursor movement. Typing any other character will also cause cursor movement to be deactivated, however the left and right Ctrl keys can be used to carry out mouse clicks without turning off cursor movement.

The teleport operation (activated by a long press on the right shift key) allows the pointer to be moved quickly to any area of the screen. When this operation is activated, a grid of labels appears on the screen. Type the two letters on any label to move the mouse cursor directly to the centre of that label.

Additional features

You can get Cursory to run on startup by right clicking the taskbar menu and checking the “Run on Startup” menu item. This Help page is also accessible from the taskbar menu.

The AutoHotkey source code is available in the file Cursory.ahk. I would be very interested to know if you come up with an interesting modification.

Known Issues

While the taskbar menu is shown, Cursory functions are not available.

If “Run on Startup” does not seem to be working, try unchecking the menu item and then checking it again.

The program does not currently adjust to changes in the display configuration that occur after it is run. This problem, which only affects the Teleport function can currently be remedied by exiting Cursory and then running it again.

Contact info

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  1. 2 Responses to “Cursory”

  2. Hello,

    thank you for your fun ‘n usefull app.

    I’ave a azerty keyboard and this line :
    HotKey,RShift & #,DODUMMY

    prevent me to type any 3 using the rshift key.

    here is a patch that solve the issue for me:
    HotKey,LControl & ²,DODUMMY
    HotKey,RControl & ²,DODUMMY
    HotKey,RShift & ²,DODUMMY

    (i’ve replaced the # by a ²)

    thank you again.


    PS: it will be nice to have the possibility to make right click drag ( like the left click drag ) it popup a menu when you drag files.

    By rdx on Feb 27, 2008

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