How to use controller as mouse

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2024 by

Are you tired of using a traditional mouse to navigate your computer? Do you prefer using a controller for gaming but wish you could also use it as a mouse? Look no further, as we will guide you through the steps of using your controller as a mouse.

What is controller-as-mouse?

Controller-as-mouse is a feature that allows you to use your controller as a mouse on your computer. This is especially useful for gamers who prefer using a controller for gameplay but still need to use a mouse for certain tasks.

Compatible controllers

Not all controllers are compatible with controller-as-mouse. The most commonly used controllers for this feature are Xbox controllers, as they are widely available and have a similar layout to a traditional mouse. However, some third-party controllers may also have this feature. It is important to check the compatibility of your controller before attempting to use it as a mouse.

Setting up your controller

Before you can use your controller as a mouse, you will need to set it up on your computer. If you are using an Xbox controller, you will need to connect it to your computer using a USB cable or a wireless adapter. Once connected, your computer should automatically install the necessary drivers.

If you are using a third-party controller, you may need to download additional software or drivers to enable the controller-as-mouse feature. Check the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to set up your controller.

Enabling controller-as-mouse

Once your controller is connected and set up, you can enable the controller-as-mouse feature on your computer. For Windows users, go to the Control Panel and select “Hardware and Sound.” Under “Devices and Printers,” select “Device Manager” and find your controller under the “Human Interface Devices” section. Right-click on your controller and select “Properties.” Go to the “Driver” tab and click on “Update Driver.” Select “Browse my computer for driver software” and then “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.” Choose “Xbox 360 Peripherals” and click “Next.” Your controller should now be recognized as a mouse.

For Mac users, go to “System Preferences” and select “Bluetooth.” Make sure your controller is connected and then click on “Advanced.” Check the box next to “Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer” and then click “OK.”

Using your controller as a mouse

Once the controller-as-mouse feature is enabled, you can start using your controller to navigate your computer. The left joystick will control the cursor, while the A button (or equivalent) will act as the left-click button. The right joystick can be used for scrolling, and the B button (or equivalent) will act as the right-click button. You can also customize the button mapping to your preference.


If your controller is not working as a mouse, make sure it is properly connected and set up. You may also need to update your drivers or try a different USB port. If you are still having issues, check the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting tips or contact their customer support.

Now that you know how to use your controller as a mouse, you can enjoy a more comfortable and versatile computing experience. Have you tried using your controller as a mouse before? Let us know in the comments.

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