How to Share a Keyboard and Mouse Between Two Windows 10 Computers

Working with more than one computer is not that uncommon. For instance, you may have a laptop and a desktop and might use them simultaneously. When you have two or more Windows computers running at the same time, it can a bit tedious to move back and forth between those computers to access or control them.

To make things easier, you can share a single keyboard and mouse with multiple Windows computers using a simple software. To do that you don’t have to physically move to control the system. Here’s how to share a keyboard and mouse between two Windows 10 computers.

Note: for this tutorial we assume both your Windows computers are on the same network.

To share a keyboard and mouse between two Windows 10 computers, we are going to use the official Microsoft Garage software called Mouse without Borders. Download and install it on both systems like any other Windows software.

After installing, search for “Mouse without Borders” in the Start Menu on the main machine and open it. Once opened, select the option “No.”

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The above action will show you a security code along with your computer. We are going to need it for the next step. On the second computer launch the “Mouse without Borders” software and select the option “Yes.”

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Now, enter the security code and the computer name displayed on your first system, and click on the “Link” button to continue.

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If the connection was successful, the software will let you know on both computer screens. Just click on the “Next” buttons on both computers to continue.

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Now, click on the “Done” button to complete the setup procedure.

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From now on you can use the same keyboard and mouse attached to your main computer along with the other computer. All you have to do is move your mouse to the right edge of your monitor, and you will be taken to the second computer. There you can use the same mouse and keyboard to control the system. The good thing is you can share the clipboard and even share files and folders between computers by simply dragging and dropping them.

Moreover, the software will show you the configuration details as soon as the setup is completed.

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By default, the software assumes that the second computer is on the right side of the main computer. If your second computer is on the left side, you can simply drag and drop the monitor layout to match the setup.

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If the two computers are laid out in two rows, meaning one on top of the other, then select the “Two Rows” checkbox. This option changes the layout so that you can match it with the actual physical layout of your systems.

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The Mouse without Borders software is configured optimally out of the box. There is no need to change any settings whatsoever, unless you know what you are doing. That being said, you can access the Settings panel by navigating to the “Other Options” tab in the main window. If you want to you can make use of the displayed keyboard shortcuts to perform quick tasks. Those quick tasks include but are not limited to moving between machines, locking all machines at once, taking screenshots of the connected systems, etc.

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As you can see, Mouse without Borders is a pretty useful software if you have multiple Windows computers. You can’t use it with another computer running Linux or Mac, though, and the usage is limited to four PCs, but still it is a handy software to use with multiple Windows PCs. Give the software a try and see if it meets your needs.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to share the keyboard and mouse between two Windows computers.

13 comments

  1. Or you can just use a KVM switch. No need for software gymnastics. No need for a network. You can use the same keyboard, mouse AND monitor for up to four PCs, each running a different O/S (Windows, OS/X, Linux, BSD, etc.) You can even use it with obsolete O/Ss like CP/M, MP/M, BeOS, OS/2, etc. You can even use it with an O/S you have developed and nobody else is using. The only requirement is that the PC have either PS/2 or USB and standard video connectors.

    Currently I have four PCs on my KVM switch. One running the latest PCLinuxOS, one running whatever Linux distro I am playing with at the time, one running Win 7 and one running Windows for Workgroups 3.11. All four PCs can be active at the same time and I can switch back and forth between them just by pressing the appropriate button on the KVM.

    • Came here to say the same thing about the KVM switch. Another advantage… no additional system resources. I actually responded to your comment instead of posting a separate comment because the dedicated WfW 3.11 machine intrigued me!

      Off-topic but I’m curious what hardware you’re running with WfW? Is it mostly for gaming DOS/Win3.x? Internet access? I understand Dillo is available for DOS these days too. Brings back many pleasant memories. I really should ramp up my DosBox…

      • “I’m curious what hardware you’re running with WfW? ”
        To tell you the truth, I do not remember the exact specs since it’s been so long ago (mid-1990’s) that I built it.
        I know it has a DX4-100 CPU, probably PC-100 RAM, 5.25 & 3.5 floppies, a Travan tape drive, Matrox 1 meg video card.

        It contains my Access database of stocks and securities. Since it’s been working all these years, I have not seen the need to rewrite it in something more modern. Too lazy. This PC is not used too often and it has no Internet connection. The only reason I mentioned it is to show how O/S agnostic a KVM switch is.

  2. Or… Use Synergy (https://symless.com/synergy) and share the mouse and keyboard with Windows/Mac/Linux (take your pick).

    This Windows 10 and Windows 10 systems keyboard sharing is rather lame. Restricted to both being Windows 10? It’s just Microsoft trying to force (subtly) users to always use Windows instead of being progressive and helping users see what’s great about Windows 10 when used next to other OS types.

    Meh.

  3. Or you can use Synergy. They have a free and paid version. They have been around for many years. Their product works with other OS’s, not just Windows.

  4. Well dragonmouth first time I knew that the KVM switch was free. You should post where you got this free switch from so we can all get one. Meanwhile I’ll try the really free method mentioned in the article.

    • You’re right. A KVM switch is not free, but neither is Win 10. :-) By using Linux instead of Win 10, I saved more than enough money to purchase a KVM switch. And, as I outlined above, a KVM switch offers advantages (ease of use, versatility) over a software solution.

  5. I solved this a different way. I bought a device at MicroCenter that uses one mouse, one keyboard, one moniter and a place or speakers that switches between two computers as I only work on one computer at a time.

  6. Do not Give Articles Titles like In WINDOWS 10
    like specially in windows 10

    I’ve been using this in WIN 7 from last 1 and half year :/

  7. Been using Mouse w/o Borders for years with 3 computers, sometimes 4. Two with Windows 10, one with Windows 7, and the other when used with various Windows Op. systems. Works for me in every way possible. Sometimes I use the laptop keyboard & mouse, other times an external keyboard and alternate mouse. Switch back and forth with ease. Works with whichever computers are turned on, two at a time or all 3 or 4. No problems whatsoever running programs, transfering files or whatever.
    Tried Synergy, which also worked, but not as well as Mouse Without Borders for my setup.
    (¯`·._.·ns¢ävË·._.·´¯)®

  8. We’ve been using in my work, VNC (WinVNC, UltraVNC) so we can connect to a computer (any computer in our net, where VNC server is active, accessed by IP number). In that way, I can have a monitorless system, or even keyboard less system, where possible, just Power On, with VNC server active as service. Then from my computer I access them when needed. But Windows 8 and 10 changed it all, as my VNC server doesn’t activate the CTL+ALT+DEL key for them.

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