Can Minesweeper be played using a keyboard, like in Weird Al's "White and Nerdy"?

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According to Microsoft:

The Minesweeper game provided with Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1 or in the Windows Entertainment Pack version 1 cannot be played without a mouse unless you install the Trace Access Pack for Windows. With the Trace Access Pack installed you can use the numeric keypad to move the mouse.

In later versions of Windows, you can use MouseKeys to use the numeric keypad to move the mouse.

However, a minesweeper wiki article indicates that versions of Minesweeper included with Vista or later operating systems have keyboard support:

In Vista or later it is easier to skip MouseKeys and just use the keyboard. Arrow keys move the cursor one square at a time. Hit [Enter] to click, press 1 to flag and [Shift][Enter] to chord. It is also possible to use [Spacebar] to click, [Shift][Spacebar] to flag or chord. In all versions [F2] starts a new game and [Alt] allows you to view the menus.

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