How to Use Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One

Make your Xbox One more like a PC with a keyboard and mouse

If you're usually a PC gamer who can't get used to the Xbox One controller, you might do better if you learn how to use a keyboard and mouse on Xbox One. Not every game is compatible by default, but there's a third-party product that allows any game to interpret keyboard and mouse commands.

Information in this article applies to all Xbox One models, including the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

How to Set Up a Keyboard and Mouse on Xbox One

Connecting a keyboard to the Xbox One is fairly straightforward, but you'll have to configure the mouse with your controller to get it working:

  1. Plug in a compatible wired or wireless keyboard to an available USB port on your Xbox One. The keyboard should work automatically.

    If using a wireless device, make sure it's turned on and has charged batteries.

  2. Plug in a compatible wired or wireless mouse to an available USB port on your console.

  3. Press the Xbox button on the controller, then select Profiles & system > Settings > Devices & connections.

  4. Select Mouse and configure your mouse using the Xbox One controller.

    If you don't see your mouse as a selectable option, you may need to restart your console.

  5. Load any game with mouse navigation enabled. Your USB mouse should now be operational.

    Only certain games or apps allow mouse navigation. You also won't be able to use a mouse to navigate the Xbox One home screen.

Xbox Controls on a Keyboard

The keyboard doesn't need any additional configuration. Here are the Xbox One keyboard shortcuts for easier navigation:

Function Xbox One Controller Input Keyboard Input
Next Element N/A Tab
Previous Element N/A Shift+Tab
Guide Xbox button Windows Key
Select  A Space or Enter
Back B Escape or Backspace
Search Y Y Key
Open Menu Menu button Windows Key+M
Change View View button Windows Key+V
Up D-pad or Joystick Up Arrow
Down D-pad or Joystick Down Arrow
Left D-pad or Joystick Left Arrow
Right D-pad or Joystick Right Arrow

How to Play Any Xbox One Game With a Keyboard and Mouse

Only certain games on Xbox One are compatible with keyboard and mouse controls. However, you can buy a third-party product to get practically any game working with your Xbox One mouse and keyboard. The easiest way to do this is with the XIM Apex. Here's how you get it working:

  1. Download and run the XIM Apex firmware tool for your operating system on your computer.

  2. Press and hold the button on your XIM device to turn it on, then insert it into an open USB port on your PC while still holding down the button.

  3. Once the button flashes blue on the XIM, release the button, then select Update Firmware.

  4. Once the firmware is updated, plug the XIM Apex device into an open port on your Xbox One, then connect the Apex Hub to the device.

  5. Once the hub is connected, connect your keyboard, mouse, and Xbox One controller (via USB cable) to the Apex Hub.

    Download the XIM Apex Manager app for Android or iOS to set up key configurations for specific Xbox One games.