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I have a Gateway P-6860fx laptop that I use for darn near everything. It’s less of a laptop and more of a giant hulking chunk of computer that the manufacturer claims is portable. I use it for watching movies (by hooking it up to our TV via HDMI), web development, and gaming. One of the cool features is that since it has a giant 17.1″ screen, it has enough width to include a 10-key to the right of the standard keyboard.
This brings me to my point. I play World of Warcraft on this laptop, and I found it inconvenient to have to drag out a mouse and mousing surface to be able to play WoW, especially if I was just lounging on the couch. So with a little patience and some trial and error, I was able to come up with a keyboard only control scheme for both my rogue and my pally so that I can play WoW on my laptop without the need for a mouse.
Searching the web for such a configuration was futile, so I thought I’d do my part to make the interwebs a better place by posting it here in case some poor mouse-less soul comes googling.
Obviously, your left hand sits on WASD for movement with Q and E close by for strafing. It’s on the right hand that all the magic happens. Ô_ó
First, you’ll need to activate a few of the extra menu bars to be able to house all of the abilities that will need keys mapped to them. I have nearly all of them enabled. Once that’s done, you’ll want to use the Key Bindings settings page to map some keystrokes to a bunch of them. I use the 10-key for all of my combat spells/actions, including the math buttons, zero, and the period. That will give you 15 actions, which should be enough for everything you would need during combat.
For my pally, I have blessings mapped to / * -, judgements mapped to 1 2 3, then all other combat spells get 4 5 6 7 8 9. I put all my seals on the standard number keys, since I’m only casting them once every 30 mins. My pally is spec’d retribution, so I keep a few heal spells close to my left hand on 1-5, and keep my divine shield on my panic key combo, ctrl+1. For convenience, I keep + on the 10-key mapped to my mount.
Now here’s the tricky part: looting without using a mouse. This took a little while to figure out. If you scroll about halfway down the Key Bindings page, you’ll see an “Interact with Mouse Over” option. I have assigned that to V. Now, if you enable auto-loot in the Interface->Controls screen, you can loot a corpse by mousing over it and hitting V. If you keep your cursor positioned just out in front of your toon, it’s always in position to loot the enemy you just killed. I can XP grind for hours, looting the whole way without touching a mouse!
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