This is a new set of article types dedicated to helpful suggestions for efficient and easier use of keyboard, mouses and other devices. These tips and tricks can be used for workplaces and any other place where computer productivity is important.
Some suggestions are listed below:
- Efficient typing skill – the core skill. The basic productivity suggestion for keyboard is to learn to type efficiently. This can be done by touch typing. First step is to not look at the keyboard which eliminates the need for unnecessary concentration used for typing instead of focusing on your content. Also your neck and eyes can hurt by using a bad typing method (specially if you do this all day or many days in a row). The step two is to get comfortable with the new way of typing – touch typing. Getting comfortable usually also means getting good at it.
- Good equipment. Use good keyboards and mouses. They should be responsible (good key feedback, good mouse sensor, quality buttons and no shaky components – sturdy build). Keyboards and mouses should be ergonomically suitable for your needs – you might have different preferences than some other users, depending on -eg. hand size, finger length or if you are left handed. For mouses use good pads also – cloth-like surface pads are good. For monitors IPS panel monitors are good. Good equipment of keyboards, mouses and monitors etc. is highly recommended if you are a daily user.
- Get used to your equipment. Even if you use great keyboards it is painful to use a different keyboard for each different workplace. It is best to use the same or similar model of keyboard on all workplaces if possible.
- Use keyboards as much as possible – with key-shortcuts. Often the fastest way to do things is with the use of keyboard shortcuts (eg. ctrl+f for “find”, and who doesn’t use ctrl+c and ctr+v for copy and paste, right?). Each program can have some additional special shortcuts in addition to the general ones. You can also configure your own shortcuts, but this is not highly recommended in case you reinstall your software and might lose your configuration. Exporting your configuration is also a possibility if you use your own shortcuts.
- Make some general checks. Specially when you finish with your computer work or at the end of the day, pay attention on any strain you might feel because of the computer use. You might feel:
- your fingers are very tired and feel stiff (better equipment and using shortcuts usually help)
- your fingers hurt, there can be pain at joints (same advice as for A.)
- your eyes might hurt, can be because they are dry or if they cause pain on movement you might have bad lighting on your working environment
- You might feel neck or back pain (bad equipment, bad adjustments – eg. chair, not the right equipment for you, bad habits)
- You might feel pain in legs if you sit all day – the blood might not circulate and get stuck in your legs
Such problems can sometimes be removed or at least eased with changing habits and with the use of better equipment, specially if you use some bad keyboards (bad or soft keys), mouses (slow response, not ergonomic), monitors (bad colors, lighting, panel – IPS is good, TN not so much).
- Numeric keyboard part. Make use of it if you can, if you can’t then there are also keyboards without the numeric part. This way your mouse will be closer to your keyboard – at least if you are right handed and you wont have to move your right hand such a long distance to your keyboard then (it actually helps if you do this like a few hundred times a day – would be interesting to count this amount of movement changes between the mouse and keyboard. The result would probably be surprising.).