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Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 12:48 am:   

Not exactly a hot tip,but a useful one if using a mouse in the conventional way aggravates arthritis or causes hand or finger pain.
If you are right handed, configure your mouse setting as for a left-handed user.
Then, lay your hand across the body of the mouse so that your middle finger sits over the right hand (now the primary) button and use that finger to control all main click activities. The index finger can be used with less strain for scroll-wheel or secondary (previousy right) click activity.
It doesn't take long to get used to the new setup and it really can make a difference. After all you don't have to be a geriatric to have arthritis or tendonitis !
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 1:07 pm:   

or get a trackball like i did, solved my elbow pains. the fingers here aren't the issue with me, just moving that blasted mouse around to get the cursur to move. heh.
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 8:29 pm:   

Yes, I,ll go along with the trackball idea, they really are good too, though where I come from, if you ask for a track ball in the computer shops they look at you as if you're asking for a quill pen!
For the same price as a trackball I got an Acecat graphics tablet and cordless pen. It's the best thing out for graphics work (which is mainly what I do) but for general 'huntin'& clickin'' it's a bit fiddly, so until Santa pops a trackball in my stocking (ouch!) the left-mouse idea is a great (cheap) help.

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