One Switch Mouse
If you have very limited movement - for example, later stages of muscular dystrophy - then it can be impossible to use a standard mouse and keyboard, or even a modern touchscreen.
One Switch Mouse lets you control the mouse pointer on a Windows machine using the most limited option possible, one single key or mouse button or customised switch or joystick button. You can move the mouse anywhere, click, double-click, right-click and even drag-to-select. Because you have control of the mouse you can use it to control other applications, like web browsers or media players, and use an on-screen keyboard to type.
One Switch Mouse is suitable for people who:
- Have very limited controllable movement. (e.g. people with progressive muscle wasting, like Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease).
- Have reasonable timing on their limited movement (i.e. you can control how long you hold down a switch)
- Are cognitively normal and can operate a standard Windows computer, or have a carer who can combine the program with some appropriate software.
Getting One Switch Mouse
One Switch Mouse is free, thanks to Claro Software, which has released it for free use. You can get it from the links below, run the executable installer and install DirectX 9.
- Installer for One Switch Mouse. Download and run. You must be an Administrator.
- Installer for Microsoft DirectX 9. Download and run. You must be an Administrator.
- Use a single control to operate the mouse fully - left-click, right-click, double-click, and drag to select.
- Works on the Windows log-in screen and the secure desktop (the User Access Control screen).
- Compatible with any third-party on-screen keyboard, including the Windows OSK, and comes with its own one too.
- Use keys, mouse keys or joystick buttons (switch controls) to operate the mouse control.
- Adjust sensitivity and speed for the mouse pointer so you can control it as best suits you.
- The mouse pointer will accelerate so you can traverse the screen quickly.
- Sounds as you operate the mouse pointer help you control the mouse.
- Crosshairs help you follow the mouse location and line up the mouse for movement.
- It's completely free. Go ahead and distribute and use it as you will.
- You need to be on Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8 or Windows 10. 32- or 64-bit versions are all supported. Windows RT is not supported
- The Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 is required, but the installer should take care of all of that for you.
- If you need help, call me on +44 7983 244 131 or Skype me on Alasdairking. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org but you're unlikely to get a response: this isn't my day job!