JoyToKey enables PC game controllers to mimic a mouse and the keyboard. It is a freeware utility which can be of great use to disabled users.
Download via JoyToKey.net or...
1. XAC version 6.0 aimed at Xbox Adaptive Controller use and one-switch gaming. Can be used with most gaming controllers. Part French JoyToKey version here with thanks to Quentin Laurent.
2. Xbox 360 January 2016 version.
JoyToKey is a keyboard and mouse emulator for joysticks. It converts joystick input into keyboard input (and mouse input). Use it when you want to control an application with joysticks that doesn't support joystick input. If you wish, you can control all kinds of applications with joysticks and buttons.
N.B.You may need to click on the "Preferences" tab to enable access to things like POV (point of view) hat switches and analogue thumb sticks.
Here you can assign any key or combination of keys to your button. Many "one switch" games make use of the SPACE BAR. You could assign all your controls to all act as SPACE if it helps.
You can also assign each button to trigger "Automatic Shooting" which can make some shooting and fighting games much easier.
Consider assigning ESCAPE or ALT+F4 to a button so you can quit programs with your controller.
Assign cursor movements to any of your controllers buttons. You can adjust the speed to suit the user.
The left, right and central mouse buttons can be assigned to any joystick button.
"Automatic Shooting" can also be applied to mouse button clicks.
You can set any button to activate one of two "Special" features. These are only active whilst you hold this button down.
1. "Adjust mouse movements temporarily". This enables you to speed up or slow down mouse movement on the press of a button.
2. "Use the settings of [another] joystick temporarily". Enables extra controls to be accessed, such as those assigned to your virtual joystick (normally named "Joystick 2" from the main menu). Helpful for controllers with a limited number of buttons available.
N.B. You must leave JoyToKey running in the background for it to remain active. Simply minimise it's window, and away you go.
Congratulations (I hope)! You should be all set up and ready to go. Hopefully JoyToKey will become easier to understand with use, but if you've struggled you might want to consider: Having a cup of tea whilst muttering insults at your computer. Please get in touch for more help.
If you would like JoyToKey to begin everytime you start your computer just go to "All Programs" on your "Start" menu and choose "Startup". Make a shortcut to JoyToKey and drop it into the Startup folder window that appears. In the future, it will run when you log in (make sure you have a controller attached in advance). If you don't want it to run at startup, remove it from the folder.
On Screen Keyboard: Click N Type works very well. To use with the Windows On Screen Keyboard (OSK) you must be in an admin account and also run JoyToKey as an administrator (right-click on it). Click on Options to adjust how you interact with the keyboard.