Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mouse Tip: An easy way to cut back on mouse usage

Q: I feel like I use my mouse too often and I was just wondering if there was an easy way I could cut back. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for all your help!

I know exactly what you mean! I often feel like I use my mouse too often too. It just becomes so redundant going back and forth between my keyboard and mouse. By the end of the day, my poor little arm is tired out! I'm sure you and I aren't the only ones who feel that way either. So, if you feel like you use your mouse too much, keep reading for a simple cure. I promise you're going to love this one!

Now, before I go any further, I want to make it perfectly clear that I'm not trying to push keyboard shortcuts on you, because I know those can be hard to learn and remember. I'm talking about all the times you use your mouse for the most common tasks on your computer. For example, any time you change a setting on your PC, you have to press OK for it to take effect, right? Isn't it a little repetitive to have to press that button every single time? Wouldn't it be nice if your mouse would automatically do it for you?

Well, it's possible and here's how! You just have to enable the "snap to" feature for your mouse. To do so, go to Start, Control Panel and click on thePrinters and Other Hardware link. Choose the Mouse link and then click on the Pointer Options tab. The second choice there is Snap To. Checkmark that box and click OK.

Mouse tip

So, from now on, your mouse pointer will automatically move to the default button in any dialogue box. Every time you're doing something on your computer, the mouse pointer will take care of the finishing touches for you and you won't have to worry about moving your hand back over to your mouse. This feature also helps to eliminate wrist injuries, such as carpal tunnel, because you don't have to use your mouse quite so much. And let's be honest, who can argue with that?!

Now, go on and snap to it, my friends!

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