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By hds3onlineaccts ·
I'm trying to find an answer to the question: can a joystick be used in place of a mouse in most applications (as well as the Windows GUI), or does an application have to be designed specifically for joystick use?

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by TheChas In reply to Joystick use

Theoretically, a joystick can be used as a mouse.

I say theoretically because the joystick port and the mouse port are 2 different interfaces. (Even through the USB port.)

You would need a driver that specifically allows the joystick to function as the pointing device for the GUI.

There is no functional reason that a driver could not be written to allow a joystick to function as a mouse.

Perhaps if you check some sites devoted to computer accessibility, you might find links to drivers or alternate pointing devices.

Here are a few links to programs that allow a joystick to function as a mouse:

http://www.mystikeep.com/shareware/joymouse/joymouse.htm

http://www.synapseadaptive.com/augcom/gus/Joystick.htm

http://www.3m.com/cws/renmouse.html

http://www.tucows.com/preview/292788

http://www.imgpresents.com/joy2mse/j2m.htm

http://www.phatsoft.net/format.php?page=project.xsl&id=JOYMOUSE

Enjoy,

Chas

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