Use a Xbox 360 Controller As a Mouse




i am going to show you how to setup your 360 controller for use as a mouse and how to use it for pc games instead of using a mouse and keyboard.

you need
1.) a corded 360 controller or a wireless one with a adapter
2.) internet access
3.)belief that Microsoft isn't all bad(i know it's hard but you have to try)

Step 1: Downloads

you need to download the Microsoft update so you can use the controller on widows xp if you have vista you can skip this step. go here and follow the steps to download the right program if you don't know just download both one will work the other you will get a error.

Step 2: Switchblade

download this and go through setup it will need to download two other Microsoft programs which will take a while be patient. it has a kind of start up tutorial read it, it helps.

Step 3: Using the Controller As a Mouse

just keep switchblade running in the back ground and you can use the controller as a mouse.
the picture below shows you the function of the buttons. it good for switching between games and their guides.

if you have any questions/problems/criticism comment or message me, i will answer them. thanks for reading this i hope you thought it was helpful.



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    35 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 3

    is there a way to change functions? not a fan of right stick to move and left stick does nothing. also how do you click and right click??


    9 years ago on Step 3

    this is cool but is there anyway to use the control without it being wired or adapted?


    no, its labeled as a controller wireless reciever or something, i just bought one today! it was at best buy and for $20


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable.
    I just got a 360 2 days ago so i figured I would give this a try. But I cannot download the software off of microsoft. I keep getting a "Your search for http... returned no results" message. Is there any other site that might have a similar download?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You may even try the program called JoyToKey. I have Vista (still working on upgrading to XP) and use mine as a mouse, as well as using it for PC games (I'm a console gamer at heart and hate keyboard-and-mouse). It takes a good bit of playing around, but it is EXTREMELY customizable, and quite easy once you get the hang of it.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    this is mufaki, something went wrong with that account so i had to make another one lol, anyways, the program works great but my comp still wont detect my controller, is it becuz im using a wireless controller with a plug and play usb cord charger?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. The charger is just that - a charger. The wireless controller will work, however, if you buy an accessory. It's a sort of "puck" you plug into your usb port. It runs about $20 give or take, and as such, may be cheaper than just buying a wired controller (of course, I bought the wired so I also have a backup/extra 360 controller). I have zero experience with the puck, but since the wired controller is literally plug (and wait for drivers to download) and play, I'd assume the same is true for the puck. Also please note - if buying the wired controller, don't waste that extra 5 or 10 bucks buying the one designated for the computer - the extra charge is for the drivers on disk, which are a free download if you just plug in the controller.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the help =] i do already have a wired controller it just so happens that im on vacation and only brought my wireless controllers. since im goin home in a couple of weeks, i dont really need the wireless adapter, i was just hopin the plug and play wire would work, but its ok lool, thanks again for the help


    Just a couple notes - I see some of the same recurring questions, so I thought I'd bust out a FAQ for jehan. Sorry if I'm stepping on toes here.

    Q: Can I use my wireless 360 controller?
    A: Yes, but only if you buy the adapter accessory deigned for that purpose. A play and charge cable WILL NOT WORK (though it will charge the controller).

    Q: Should I buy the 360 controller for Windows (usually in the computer section), or will a regular wired controller work?
    A: The only difference (beyond price) is that the controller "for Windows" includes the drivers needed on a CD in the packaging. These drivers are a free, automatic download (plug in the controller, and Windows will download it for you), and there is no difference whatsoever between the two.

    Q: I don't like this about the controller setup - is there a way to change it?
    A: Personally, I can't explain how using the program the instructor here uses, since I don't use it. However, the programs generally come with a ton of customization options.

    Q: Can I use the chatpad (tiny keyboard attachment that plugs into the bottom of the controller)?
    A: Not that I know of yet. If you find a way, please do share.

    Q: Can I use the 360 headset?
    A: Yes, you can do this to it, or just plug it in to your controller. That's right, all the drivers will download automatically and you'll be ready to go.

    Q: It doesn't seem to run in THIS (any random) program?
    A: The most common cause of total non-function is that the program is set to run as administrator. Make sure to set your keyboard-to-mouse program to do so as well and you should be fine.

    Q Do people really do this?
    A: I can't speak for others, but I personally love playing <game name intentionally omitted> on the 360 controller. I even have it set up with my headset and Ventrillo, with the right bumper set as the push-to-talk button. When I'm feeling froggy, I connect to the TV, and it's no different from playing on the 360 (except I get to play different games).

    I hope that all helps, and that jehan doesn't get too upset for jacking his comment section.

    1 reply

    HERE is the "puck" I refer to, being sold at Wal-Mart. It's a pretty average price, and you should be able to find it just about any place they sell 360 accessories.

    Also, the program I use (not that it's any better for any reason - I just happen to use it) can be found HERE. I believe that may even be a newer version than I use.

    One more bit while I'm on it, I actually started using this when my shoulder was dislocated, because I couldn't use a normal mouse, and I loathe trackballs almost as much as those crappy touchpads they stick on laptops. Point is, it does serve a purpose outside of gaming. It really makes a great accessibility tool to those with a disability.