Revised on
01/27/17 01:48pm

Technology Tips & Tricks to Reduce Ergonomic Risk

Using technology prior to purchasing ergonomic equipment can be a quick and easy fix to many ergonomic issues. Please try some of technology tips before requesting an ergonomic solution. (Many of these suggestions are for Windows 7 or later versions, but Macs have their own versions of these tricks as well)

Quick Keys to Reduce Wrist Risk

Use these quick keys to create shortcuts to save time, reduce mouse usage and increase efficiency while you work.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Increase Mouse Tracking Speed to Reduce Wrist Risk

Repetitive movement of the mouse can increase strains on the wrists. Increasing the mouse sensitivity will increase the movement per stroke.

  1. Click Start (Windows Logo)
  2. In the Search Box, type in "Mouse" and select the mouse options
  3. On the top taps, click on the tab labeled "Pointer Options"
  4. Increase the pointer speed by moving it right into the "Fast" section

computer mouse properties dialog box

Increase Font Size to Reduce Neck and Eye Strain

Many times people lean forward or squint their eyes when the font on the screen is too small to read comfortably. Use these tricks to help with your posture and reading on your monitor.

Method 1: Increasing the font size on a program (Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.) or website. Please adjust the font size to where you can read it comfortable while seated all the way back in your chair. The program should save your font settings.

Increase font size method 1

Method 2: Increasing the font size on Windows 7 (or later) will increase the size of all programs, icons and fonts on your computer. Please adjust the font size to where you can read it comfortable while seated all the way back in your chair.

  1. Click Start (Windows Logo)
  2. In the Search Box, type in "Display" and select the Display options
  3. Change size to either "Medium" or "Large"
  4. Click Apply, Log off/on to see changes to font, icons and programs (Try both to see how each change your windows experience)

increase font size method 2

Temporary Monitor Stand

If you discover that your monitor is too low, an easy but temporary fix to the issue is to raise the monitor to eye level by stacking reams of paper or solid books.

Temporary Lumbar Support

If you find that your chair is uncomfortable or that you do not have enough lumber support, a simple and temporary solution can alleviate your discomfort. Please use a rolled up towel or sweatshirt and tape it together to create a temporary back rest. This method can be an alternative if procuring an ergonomic chair is not an available option.

Reducing Overhead Light Glare

Sometimes too much direct and indirect glare from overhead lights can cause migraines and discomfort. A simple and temporary solution is to put houseplants on cubicle walls or near places where direct light can come from. Pick plants that have large leaves to block as much light as possible. Always consult your supervisor or department head if placing plants is permitted in your group.

Please watch this video to view other tips to aid in solving your ergonomic issues