Use an Xbox 360 Controller as a Mouse

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I initially bought an Xbox 360 controller to use with emulators. I found out that not only does it perform the task of mimicking an SNES controller admirably, but with a free program you can use it in place of a traditional mouse. While this might not seem practical, it is handy when you don't have a suitable surface to use a regular mouse on. For example, when the computer you need to operate is hooked up to the TV in your living room running a bunch of emulators. Using a mouse on a couch is harder than you'd think. Also, you can actually navigate Windows more easily by assigning common keyboard shortcuts (such as Alt + F4) to buttons. It's also just a quick, easy project to waste 15 minutes doing.

If this sounds good to you, jump to the next page to find out what you'll need.
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Step 1: What You Need (Hardware)

Surprisingly enough, to use an Xbox 360 controller as a mouse on a computer you need both an Xbox 360 controller and computer. More specifically:

A computer running Windows XP or Vista. Unfortunately, the drivers Microsoft provides are not for earlier versions of Windows. The computer will need one open USB port.

An Xbox 360 wired controller. This costs $40 retail, but you should be able to find it for around $20 online. If you don't already have a wireless controller or you only have one (and want another controller for multiplayer games on your Xbox 360) then the wired controller is the better choice.


An Xbox 360 wireless controller AND an Xbox 360 wireless gaming receiver. The wireless controller retails at $60, but again online you should be able to find it for half price. The wireless receiver costs $20 pretty much wherever you buy it. This option is the way to go if you already have a wireless controller or two as it only costs $20.

Now that you have all the hardware, we move onto the software.

Hey, this is a great article, but left me with one question could you post a configuration guide?

PieOnPot1 month ago

I signed up an account just so I could comment and say "Thank you" xD - this was perfect, and was exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks for sharing your configuration file as well - that saved me time and kept me from having to do the "boring" part (haha).

Also, just in case other people have this problem, here is what I did to use his configuration file (as my browser was not giving an option to download the file).

To use his configuration file (what I did):
1. Open JoyToKey
2. Click the "Create" button in the bottom left hand corner --> give it a name
3. Close the program
4. Go to the root location where the "JoyToKey" .exe is stored
5. Look for the profile you just created
6. Right click the profile, and select "Open With --> Notepad"
7. Copy/paste (replace) his configuration text over the profile you created
8. Save and close the notepad document
9 Run JoyToKey --> Select the Profile, and you're good!

How do I download his windows.cfg file? every time I click on it, it opens the file over the internet? As in, no option to download.

To use his configuration file (what I did):
1. Open JoyToKey
2. Click the "Create" button in the bottom left hand corner --> give it a name
3. Close the program
4. Go to the root location where the "JoyToKey" .exe is stored
5. Look for the profile you just created
6. Right click the profile, and select "Open With --> Notepad"
7. Copy/paste (replace) his configuration text over the profile you created
8. Save and close the notepad document
9 Run JoyToKey --> Select the Profile, and you're good!

Your life has been saved!
whitey1611 year ago
which button is the middle big silver X button?


That would be the Xbox Guide button. I guess you're new here.
jkucherka4 months ago
I am using a configuration for minecraft and pretty soon I will have a configuration for "onscreen keyboard" use. Just wanted to say what a fantastic job with this. I find it unique to use a 360 controller as a mouse or even a whole key board if you wish. Thanks for these easy to follow instructions. :3 I feel like a master at this now!
XBlaster4 months ago
Does anybody have a great idea what you could use for Guide button, R-stick, both the L&R stick-click and the Y button? I was thinking Right Stick can be directional movement, so using the on-screen keyboard and many icons makes it faster to move instead the pointer. Y button for Esc key. Guide button to serve as the Windows key. Left stick as shift key, like it is on the Xbox 360 on-screen Keyboard. And right stick is the on-screen keyboard enable/disable, so then when you want to do any keyboard command or start typing, just press it.
SUPERXSNIPEXA10 months ago
there is a software that enables you to assign keys on the controller to keys on the keyboard and mouse. Just google xpadder its free and makes this a whole lot easier
Xpadder isn't free. It's $10.
SerCampbell9 months ago
Does this work on Win 8?
Why, yes. Yes it does.
It's a little confusing, but there's a thread about it on MS Answers:

Make sure you use a USB 2.0 port, not a 3.0. Good luck!
smallfri1 year ago
how do i use his config as mine plz help
jhansen211 year ago
I'd just like to say: works great on windows 7 64bit with a slightly dodgy receiver I just bought off ebay... thanks!
fiddydips1 year ago
The link on the microsoft website is dead. I looked around and I found the page we're looking for: and instructions on how to get set up:
cthang1 year ago
to make this work i copied the settings to the existing config overwriting all
cause in my win7 x64 i wasnt able to get the app detecting any of my attempts to set my own. i use a brandnew 360/pc wireless pad and latest ms drivers .After doing so it worked superbly .dunno why i cant make my own.wrote all this with the pad lying in my bed on a 47" tv :D
Dtendo641 year ago
singed up to say this works fine on win 7 also im using an afterglow controller with it.
Could you configure the controller with the keyboard attachment? I want to be able to use stuff like facebook, skype, etc. with the controller too.
You could also use Xpadder
You just download with your favorite torrent downloader.
Great! I'm glad I was able to find this. I was really hoping I could use a controller as a mouse.
One question though, will I be able to use the D pad to switch to presets? I want to be able to quickly switch what buttons do mid-game.
kjames121 year ago
Hey all i have just downloaded it and iv set it all up correctly but it sonstantly moves left or up why is this all is set up to 52 and -52 ect but i cant do anything or playgames sooo....? HELP!
Devil may cry 3 don't recognize joytokey d-pad mapping(xbox360 controller). How to fix this?
articz821 year ago
This works! Thanks! joytokey was never really clear for me, and now i can play for most of my games!
autsweum2 years ago
This AHK script/tool solved it for me
For Win7 this one must be used. A new link is
The other link is 404
dtekempel2 years ago
Will not work on Win7 and a possibility of not working with off brand controller. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Danelson2 years ago
I was having a problem where the controlled would work on my desktop, but in some games, and on any menus that needed administration permission, it wouldn't react at all.
However, I finally figured it out.
Close the program, go to the program, right click on the program then click run as administrator. Problem solved.
Again, this is to fix the controller being non-responsive when your computer pops up a message saying "Your permission is needed to continue" or in games where it won't react at all.
badams72 years ago
I had a 360 but it tore up, one of my favorite games was oblivion, so i got oblivion on my computer and set up the controls to mirror that of the xbox's version, but one problem... the hotkey button is the d-pad, now it took me awhile to figure out how to set it up to show the d-pad, but it is only for up down left and right, how do i make it apply for the diagonal directions for the d-pad?
I gave this 5 stars USING the xbox controller! :P hahah thanks alot dude!
darkitsuki4 years ago
 works like a charm! im using my controller to type this. i just assigned a button on my controller to open up the onscreen keyboard!
I assigned the onscreen keyboard as a button as well but upon clicking it with my mouse (controller) it stops working altogether and I need to reside back to my mousepad on my laptop, any help?
How do you make it so one button opens on screen keyboard?
but how? what button(s) makes it pop up?
Great idea with the dedicated onscreen keyboard button. That should be in the instructable!
Great instructable, BTW!
Huntman002 years ago
does anybody know if it is possible to make it type something if i press start(button 10)

ex......*presses start* Huntman00 says: fdjhgfgkjhguy
not sure think you would have to write code for that... that would be awesome. i built a reciever using the XBOX360 dotter board (power button board) connected USB to it and ran the program and it syncs and works well. it works good on Windows. im on linux right now so i dont know if it will work the same...


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