An Introduction to the Ergonomics of Mouses and Keyboards

Looking for the best position for computer accessories is one of the most crucial factors in making ergonomic workstations. And this is especially important when you consider that many of us spend most of our time in front of our computers, be it at work or home. We’ll cover a few tips for setting your keyboard and mouse up in this post. Continue reading if you want to learn more.

  • Choose the ideal keyboard and mouse


Having an ergonomic workstation starts with the ideal products. The keyboard will depend on the frequency of your travels or the duration of time that you use your computer. With daily, general use, a compact variant is recommended because they’re small and lack a numerical pad, meaning that the distance between it and the mouse is smaller. After all, reaching out constantly for the keyboard can potentially result in long-term injuries.

Similarly, the best mouse for you will hinge on comfort, duration of use, and size. Many prefer the vertical mouse because it encourages users to hold it in a handshake position and makes extended use more comfortable, especially when playing games on websites like  

  • Ensure that the accessories are at least elbow height

If the keyboard and mouse are positioned at elbow height, you can keep your shoulders relaxed. However, it will likely require the adjustment of the desk and chair height. Make sure that they aren’t placed on different height levels because it’ll force you to move your arms down and up continuously. And as small as the movements are, their repetitiveness can potentially make you more susceptible to musculoskeletal-related injuries.

  • Relax your wrists and hands

It’s a rule of thumb always to be relaxed when using your computer. If you don’t, you’ll put a lot of strain on your shoulders and arms. Therefore, you need to be more conscious of what you’re doing with your arms when you aren’t typing and try to incorporate exercises using your arms and wrists every few minutes. It will make a difference.

  • Keep the accessories are positioned close to you

The distance between you and your keyboard and mouse must be close so you won’t have to stretch to reach them. Both accessories must be no more than five centimetres from your desk’s front edge, leaving you with room for wrist support. It’s also crucial to keep your keyboard and mouse close together when using them. The farther away they are from each other, the harder it’ll be to use them.

  • Avoid the use of laptop touchpads and keyboards

There’s no denying that the touchpad and keyboard can be incredibly useful. However, they weren’t designed with an ergonomic mindset, especially for prolonged use. So as much as possible, stick with regular keyboards and mice. Having to bring them around might be cumbersome. However, you’ll have an easier time using your computer.


Ergonomics plays a crucial role in our lives, especially when it comes to things that we do regularly. However, you can develop any potentially debilitating and painful disorders beyond enhancing comfort and convenience and improving productivity. Be sure to follow the tips listed above as they can significantly improve the ergonomics when using your computer.


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