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Operating a Computer with One Hand


Note: Some of the information on this page is duplicated or supplemental to information on the following pages

Some Approaches to Operating a Computer with One Hand

Difficulties faced by people operating a computer with one hand include:

  • Reaching: one hand must reach all of the keyboard keys and manipulate the mouse.
  • Overuse: one hand is required to do the work of two.
  • Fatigue and discomfort: resulting from overuse.

Approaches to dealing with these problems generally focus on reducing the distance the hand has to travel. These solutions include:

  • Keyboards with a smaller footprint.
  • Fewer number of keys on a keyboard.
  • Some or all of the keys on the keyboard are smaller (than on a standard keyboard).
  • Mice that are stationary.


Some Possible Solutions


MouseTrapper Advance - with Evoluent Essentials compact keyboard

MouseTrapper Advance with an Evoluent Essentials compact keyboard. A compact keyboard with a alternate-style stationary mouse.



Goldtouch Ergonomic Mouse with A4Tech X-Slim compact keyboard

Goldtouch Ergonomic mouse with an A4Tech X-Slim compact keyboard. A compact keyboard with a contoured mouse.



Clearly Superior Technologies Microtrak mouse with SolidTek SK3001 Keyboard

Clearly Superior Technologies Microtrak mouse with SolidTek SK3001 Keyboard. A compact keyboard with a mini-trackball stationary mouse.



Kensington Orbit Trackball mouse with a Bakker Elkhuizen S-Board 840 compact keyboard

Kensington Orbit Trackball mouse with a Bakker Elkhuizen S-Board 840 compact keyboard. A compact keyboard with a trackball stationary mouse.



Cirque Smart Cat Promouse with an Evoluent Essentials compact keyboard

Cirque Smart Cat Pro mouse with an Evoluent Essentials compact keyboard. A compact keyboard with a touchpad stationary mouse.



SmartNav

The SmartNav is a head-operated mouse. While it frees your hand from mousing activities, some people find it difficult to operate.