WHEN POSITIONING
THE CURSOR WITH A
POINTING DEVICE
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ACTION GOAL #8: Placing the pointing device (Continued)

IF YOU SEE THIS...   TRY THIS...
The pointing device is a mouse that does not fit on the keyboard platform.   Place a mouse platform over the numbers pad and use it as a mousing surface.
 
IF YOU SEE THIS...   TRY THIS...
The pointing device is either a mouse or a trackball that does not fit on the keyboard platform.
    Follow these steps:
1. Remove the keyboard platform;
2. Then place the keyboard and pointing device directly on the work surface, with the mouse or trackball next to the keyboard.
3. Raise the chair until the tops of the home row keys are at the same height as your elbows, or slightly below your elbows,
when your shoulders are relaxed. Use a footrest, if necessary.
4. Adjust the height and distance of the monitor, if necessary.
There are many improvement options for positioning the pointing device that are not covered in this section. Other comfortable positions for the pointing device that promote a flat (neutral) wrist can be used.  
 
    Use a keyboard with a built-in pointing device (touch pad).

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