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PROS: A simple application that lets you control multiple PCs with one keyboard and mouse. The concept isn’t new but the execution is clean and simple and simple file drag and drop as well as seamless copy/paste make this a great tool.

CONS: None

VERDICT: This is even easier to use than Synergy and InputDirector. If you want a no-frills solution to a virtual KVM (minus the video switching), this application will almost certainly satisfy.



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Mouse without Borders Features

We’ve reviewed a couple of virtual-KVMs (keyboard, video, mouse controllers), technically KMs, on Windows Guides: Synergy and InputDirector and they both work well. This time, we bring you another option: Microsoft Garage Mouse without Borders.

Mouse without Borders (MWB) takes the agony out of setting multiple PCs with one keyboard and mouse. You don’t need to worry about IP addresses, network names etc. It doesn’t really get much easier than this. With that said, here’s how to set up MWB for the first time:

1. Download and install Mouse without Borders

2. Start the Program and click No

3. Write down the security code and computer name:

4. Now install Mouse without Borders on your second PC and, instead of clicking No, click Yes. When prompted, type the security code and computer name provided on your first PC. Click Link.

5. Now you are ready to control two (or more) PCs with your mouse and keyboard:

Mouse without Borders Configuration

Once set up, MWB doesn’t need any more configuration. However, if you link multiple PCs (each with their own monitor on the same desk), you might want to re-order them to match their physical footprint.

1. In the System Tray, right click the MWB icon and click Settings

2. Here you can drag and drop the order of machines:

3. Click the Other Options tab to configure keyboard shortcuts (you’ll want to at least use the Switch between machines shortcut to save time and help focus on one PC at a time.)

You can take screen captures from connected PCs using “Get Screen Capture from“. This is useful if you have a download running and want to monitor it periodically or if you want to, you know, “spy” on your own PCs.

You can even configure your logon screen… perhaps it’s a way to tell which PC you are on—even if it’s locked. To do so, right click the MWB icon and click Personalize Logon Screen and choose a screen (In the System Tray.) Voila!

My only gripe is that I couldn’t set up my second PC via RDP. This is, of course, by design so you don’t distort reality and cause funky things to happen… I’m just lazy and I really didn’t want to actually go to the PC to install it. So, I used Team Viewer

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Rich is the owner and creator of Windows Guides; he spends his time breaking things on his PC so he can write how-to guides to fix them.

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One thought on “Mouse without Borders: Multiple PCs; One Keyboard and Mouse”

  1. SC Tom says:

    Your timing is impeccable! I have been having some issues with Input Director freezing up, giving errors on cut and paste, etc., and was looking to try Synergy+. Then I got this email, read the article, and said, Why not? It’s great! Setup could not be easier, and the rest of the program works as advertised. The only thing I miss from ID was the cursor notification when going from PC to PC; I looked, but couldn’t find a setting for it. Small price to pay for the ease of setup and use, though.

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