Save Your Wrist, Ditch the Mouse, Use Keyboard Shortcuts Instead

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Who doesnt love their mouse?

But what most people dont realise is that improper positioning¬† of your wrist while using the mouse can cause you to suffer from “carpal tunnel” syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition in which the middle nerve in your wrists are compressed as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel and causes pain, numbness and tingling. Pain in carpal tunnel syndrome is primarily numbness that is so intense that it wakes one from sleep.

What most people dont realise is that most of the functions that the mouse performs can be done with the keyboard.

For example, if you want to select the five words in this sentence from this point onwards, instead of moving your hand from the keyboard to the mouse, just press the Ctrl key, the Shift key and either the right arrow key simultaneously to select the words to the right of the selection point. Then you can press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete the words. And if you made a mistake, instead of using the mouse to go to File-Edit-Undo, just press the Ctrl and z button simultaneously and voila, the deleted words are back.

Windows has tons of keyboard shortcuts. Using them helps improve your productivity and causes less strain on your wrist.

If you’re a Windows 7 user, here is a cheat sheet for Windows 7.

If you’re a Windows 8 user, this this Windows 8 cheat sheet instead.

Long live the keyboard!