Suppose my mouse suddenly get died while working on a live web page. But my mouse cursor is present there. Now can I move the cursor by keyboard command and , select any option on that web page?

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If you indeed want do that from the command line, then you can install xdotool (it is packaged in Ubuntu 16.04 at least) and issue commands like this:

xdotool mousemove 10 500 && xdotool click 1

While not exactly what you want, most applications (including your browser) can be fully controlled by a keyboard. For example, use the Tab key to jump from a highlighted text to another, type space to activate a link. With Pgage Up and Page Down you can scroll within the page. To access the menu hold Alt, the underlined letters are the shortcut to activate the corresponding menu. For example Alt with F opens the file menu and then you can navigate the menu with the arrow keys.

That said, if you really need to activate the Mouse Mode, you can do that as described in the wiki.

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    I wanted to say if I could move my mouse cursor symbol by keyboard command? Aug 31, 2016 at 10:08
  • I understood that. See the wiki entry I linked to. I gave you two solutions to the problem you have: the inability to move a mouse cursor. I gave you the first one, because knowing how to navigate computer programs without a mouse is a fundamental part of computer literacy. Aug 31, 2016 at 11:20

I don't know what browser are you using, but there is an add-on in mozzila called vimkeybindings, so that will give you a possibility of using vim key to navigate your browser, on crome this tool is called vimium.

This is from the small docs:

About this Add-on Vi(m) directional keybindings for Firefox.

h : scroll left
j : scroll down
k : scroll up
l : scroll right
g : go to the top of the page
G (shift-g) : go to the bottom of the page

while your mouse in a specific app might be frozen because the app itself is frozen or for other reasons, a simple solution in desktop environment which at least allows you to switch between apps is Alt-Tab. Like mentioned before, if you can't Cntrl-Tab (or similar motions) inside your app, I think probably you won't be able to click with mouse in this app even if you controlled your mouse with keyboard

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