My mouse is half broken, now I can't use my left click properly.

Luckily for me, I still have my keyboard. The problem is controlling mouse with keyboard is not as simple as it sounds like. Clicking and dragging with keyboard is not the same as controlling it with standard mouse.

Pressing the 5 numpad button will trigger the mouseclick event, while pressing 0 will trigger mousedown event. The mousedown won't let go until you press ., which is for mouseup.

This pattern is complicated, and kinda annoying to use. Is there any way to change the behavior of these things? Like pressing the 5 button into normal mouse click, where it automatically follows the normal pattern: mousedown, mouseup then finally mouseclick.

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    You can either spend a week getting used to this, or buy a new mouse for 5 bucks. Your call.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 14, 2020 at 15:36
  • I'll get used to this in 3 days then. My mouse broke like 4 days ago. Mar 14, 2020 at 15:41

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Recently I just switched to Linux Mint Cinnamon, and they had the functionality I mentioned above right out of the box, where you can trigger the mousedown, mouseup and mouseclick with only pressing the 5 numpad button.

This solved my question, so I write it down in as an answer.

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