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While touch screens and hand held devices have grown in popularity, many desktop workstations still require a mouse.

Selecting a good mouse requires finding one that is comfortable after long hours of use. This can prevent wrist and forearm pain in the future. Some mice have extra buttons. These buttons should be easy to access by your fingers in a relaxed position, and are often placed near the thumb. These buttons can be set to quickly access frequent commands such as copy, paste, or next page, depending on your work.

Buttons like these, and the scroll wheel, help reduce the need to move the mouse, reducing strain from repetitive motions.

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For information on using a vertical mouse see our previous post.

Things to Consider With a Computer Mouse

  • Buy a mouse that fits your hand
  • Move the full arm and not just at the wrist when moving the mouse