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Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

Friday, July 14th, 2006 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Eliminate Some Mouse Usage

If you read yesterday’s newsletter, you found out how you can change the appearance of your computer screen to help with any eye problems you may have. By the end of the article yesterday, your computer was completely “eye friendly.” Well, today we’re going go over eliminating some mouse usage for a “mouse friendly” environment!

Along with my eye trouble, the palm of my right hand always seems to grow tired and start to hurt when I use my computer. I had to use the mouse all the time to open some common programs, such as Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office programs and even the Search Menu. Moreover, the mouse sometimes is difficult to be controlled. Have you ever had that problem? Well, with a few setting changes, I was able to reduce my mouse usage by a ton. I don’t even hardly use my mouse anymore to do these simple tasks. You can do it too! Read on!

Moving the Internet Explorer Shortcut From the Start Submenu to the Start Menu

1. Right click over Start button and choose Explore (or go to Start, Run and type in “explorer“).

2. In the Start Menu folder, click the Programs folder and then highlight the Internet Explorer and Outlook Express shortcuts in it.

  • Click the Internet Explorer shortcut, then press Ctrl and proceed to click the Outlook Express shortcut (this will highlight them both together).

3. Move the Internet Explorer shortcut and Outlook Express shortcut from the Programs folder to the Start menu folder.

  • Press Ctrl + X or click the Edit menu, Cut choice.
  • Click the Start Menu folder.
  • Press Ctrl + V or click the Edit menu, Paste choice.

Moving the Windows Explorer Shortcut From the Accessories Submenu to the Start Menu

1. Go to the Accessories folder (it’s usually the default folder of the Windows Explorer shortcut). Double click the Programs folder, then click the Accessories folder.

2. Highlight the Windows Explorer shortcut by clicking it once.

3. Move the Windows Explorer shortcut to the Start menu folder.

  • Press Ctrl + X or click the Edit menu, Cut choice.
  • Click Start Menu folder.
  • Press Ctrl + V or click the Edit menu, Paste choice.

After you’ve moved them, you should double check the Start menu and make sure there isn’t more than one shortcut with the same prefix. If this happens, we need to rename our most accessed programs.

1. To check it, press the Windows key (this key is located next to the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left hand side of your keyboard and next to the Alt and Menu keys on the right hand side of your keyboard). In the Start menu, you will see three shortcuts that are prefixed by the letter “W:” Windows Explorer, Windows Catalog and Windows Update.

2. Rename Windows Explorer to, for example, eWindows Explorer. (Note: I added the letter “e” in front of “Windows Explorer,” because there is no existing shortcut prefixed by “e” in my Start menu. This may be different for you, so just choose another letter if your Start menu already has shortcut(s) with the “e” prefix).

  • Click Windows Explorer, the press the F2 key.
  • Press the Home key (is located to the left of the numberpad on your keyboard, between the Insert key and the Page Up key), then type the letter “e” in front of Windows Explorer.
  • Press Enter.

3. Now, you should rename Outlook Express, because there are two shortcuts already prefixed by the letter “O:” Open Office Document and Outlook Express.

  • Click Outlook Express, then press the F2 key.
  • Press the Home key, then type the letter “z” in front of Outlook Express.
  • Press Enter.

Quick Loading the Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer or Outlook Express With Just Two Keys

  • Press the Windows key.
  • Then press ” I ” for Internet Explorer or press ” E ” for Windows Explorer or press ” Z ” for Outlook Express. The program will then be displayed quickly.

If you use MS Office programs frequently, I suggest you install all of them completely in order to your Start menu. Your Start menu will then display the New Office Document and Open Office Document automatically as following:

Quick Loading MS Office

  • Press the Windows key, then press ” N ” to start the new document.

  • Use the arrow keys to select what kind of documents you want to start. It could either be a blank document in MS Word, a blank worksheet in MS Excel or a blank presentation in MS PowerPoint.
  • Once chosen, press Enter.

There you have it! A quick way to access frequently used programs with just a couple of keystrokes on the keyboard. This will cut down on your mouse usage by quite a bit and you won’t have to worry about your hand hurting any more!

Now, make sure you stay tuned one more day for even more helpful information on simplifying your computer use. Tomorrow we’ll discuss making the Search Menu in Windows XP much easier to use!

~ Sujanti Djuanda

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