Mouse & Keyboard


7 tips to use your keyboard as ideally as possible:
  • Teach yourself to hit the keys softly. The keyboard may not move during typing.
  • Place the keyboard straight in front of you. Do not twist the upper part of your body while typing.
  • The cables of your keyboard/mouse should be long enough so that you can place them as practically as possible. If you use a wireless mouse / keyboard, this will not cause a problem.
  • Rest your underarms on the table and your elbows on the chair's armrests. The angle between you upper and lower arms should be 90 degrees.
  • If you can touch type, you do not need to constantly look down at the keyboard. This relaxes your neck. To train this you can download a list of touch-tying software via this site.
  • If you are going to use the mouse for a longer while with a full-sized keyboard (including integrated NumPad on the right of the keyboard), place the mouse between the keyboard and yourself. You then are using the mouse in the extended position of your arm. If you are using a mini-keyboard (without a NumPad) you can place the mouse to the right (or left) of the keyboard. The thought behind this is that you do not have to lift and stretch your arm every time you switch between keyboard and mouse, and that your lower arm and elbow remain supported at all time.
  • Whenever you can, make use of function keys and shortcuts. If you follow this link you will find an extensive overview of all possible shortcuts and a short overview of the most frequently used shortcut keys. These are not only handy, but they also decrease the use of the mouse significantly. The use of a mouse causes considerably more muscle tension than the use of a keyboard


    Use your mouse as ideally as possible with these 4 steps:

        Click on the following: Start (bottom left), Control Panel; Mouse; Pointer Options. Adjust the following things:
    • Select a slower pointer speed. You can then use the mouse less accurately, which enables you to work with a lower muscular tension.
    • Enable the "Snap To" option, which automatically moves the pointer to the default button in a dialog box.
    • Under the "Buttons" tab, reduce the double-click speed.
    • Adjust (in Windows Explorer) your mouse so that you only do single-clicks instead of double-clicks: Open Windows Explorer, then under 'Tools', go to 'Folder Options'; and select single-click to open an item (point to select). This will save you many mouse clicks. Other programs also offer this possibility, try to use it as much as possible.

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