Avoiding the 'Mouse' Trap
Mousing is a fundamental part of using computers today - it's unusual to find a computer without a secondary input device such as a mouse or trackball. Unfortunately, intensive use of these input devices can sometimes be a source of discomfort or pain. Follow these tips to avoid the "mouse trap."
Keep it close - Your input device should be located within easy reach, typically right next to the keyboard. Select a keyboard tray that provides space for a mouse, use a mouse bridge (a mousing surface that slides over the number pad), or select a different type of input device such as a trackball or track pad that requires less space.
Keep it straight - Select an input device that you can use while keeping your wrist in a straight position. In addition to trackballs and track pads, light pens and joystick-type devices are possible options. Some input devices come in different sizes, be sure to select the right size for you.
Keep it clean - If your mouse becomes jumpy or loses sensitivity, the problem may be a buildup of a gummy substance on the rollers. Remove the underside hatch of your mouse and clean the rollers to restore smooth performance.
Keep it adjusted - Virtually all computers allow you to control the click speed and curser movement speed. In addition, many input devices can be programmed to automate selected actions. Use these features to reduce the burden on you.
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