I'm using Xfce as my default desktop. I was wondering if one can use it completely by keyboard without mouse? Such that some button combinations simulate mouse movements and some other simulates button presses. I have a handicap so I can work more accurate by keyboard than by mouse.

  • I'm not familiar with xfce, but I have configured fvwm2 on my laptop to work mostly with the keyboard (switching between windows, resizing windows, etc.), in case it doesn't work with xfce. I'm sure the remaining functions that need a mouse could also be replaced somehow.
    – dirkt
    Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 11:42

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Use xorg native mouse keys:

$ setxkbmap -option keypad:pointerkeys

Press Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock, then you can navigate mouse pointer with numpad.

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More information at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_keys

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