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In a Linux desktop like KDE, how can I move the mouse pointer around the screen using just the keyboard?

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If you're using XFree86 version 4.0 or greater (part of most modern distributions), yes, you can move the mouse pointer with the keyboard.

Press (left)Shift-(left)Alt-NumLock to enable MouseKeys mode.  In MouseKeys mode, the arrows on the numeric keypad can be used to move the mouse (i.e. hold down 8 for up, 2 for down, 4 for left, 6 for right, 1,3,7,9 for various diagonal directions).

Pressing 5 on the numeric keypad clicks the mouse once.  By default, it will click the left mouse button.  The three keys "[/][*][-]" across the top of the numeric keypad can be used to select a mouse button; press [/] to select the left mouse button (after which [5] will click the left mouse button), [*] to select the middle button (after which [5] will click the middle button), or [-] to select the right mouse button (after which [5] will click the right button).
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Oh, two more keys I forgot.

Tapping [ins] depresses the currently selected mouse button; pressing [del] later releases that mouse button.  This can be useful if you wish to "drag" the mouse.  Move to the start spot, press ins, move to the end spot, press del.
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Thank you very much.
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Ah did'nt knew this.. farewell mouse!!
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