Professional computer users do not like to be dependent on the mouse. They do not like to take their hands off the keyboard. Specially programmers who have to code several house per day, do not like to leave the keyboard and use something like a mouse. Is working without mouse possible?
The answer is yes. It is possible to work without a mouse, or at least use the mouse as less as possible. It is even possible to work with a computer without keyboard. We will talk about working without keyboard in a separate article.
Browsing the Internet Without Mouse:
It is possible to browse the internet without mouse, however, clicking on the links is something that needs a mouse. This problem is resolved by Google Chrome. First you have to install the Google Chrome on your computer. Even if you do not want to use your computer or browse the Internet without mouse, it is recommended that you switch to Google Chrome, because it is a really good web browser. It is very fast and reliable, and it doesn’t take too much memory from your computer.
After Google Chrome installation, you need to install the Dead Mouse Extension to it. This extension allows you to click on the links without using a mouse. To switch from a link to another one on a web page you just need to type a few characters of each of the links anchor texts, and as soon as you do this, the anchor text that matches with the characters that you have typed starts “dancing” 🙂
Then you just need to hit the “Enter” button to open the web page. If you hold the Shift button and press the enter key (Shift+Enter), the web page will be opened in a new tab.
The dead mouse add-on has some other functions too:
- You can switch from one link to another one by hitting the tab button, in case there are more than one link that matches with the characters that you have typed.
- Shift +Tab switches the links in the reverse direction.
- You can stop the anchor texts dancing by hitting the scape button.
You can do the same thing without having to install any plug-in, add-on or extension, if you are a FireFox user. All you have to do is pressing the slash button (/) and then typing through your keyboard. With FireFox, the links will not dance. They will be highlighted, and then you can hit the enter button and open the related web page.
That was about browsing the Internet. What about the other things?
Set a Shortcut Key for Each of the Programs on Your Computer:
This is what I personally do. When I want to open a program, I do not like to refer to the desktop, or Start>Programs, and click on the icons. I simply set a shortcut key for each of the programs that I use more frequently. To do that, you have to right click on the program’s icon and click on “Properties”.
Then on the next dialogue box
- Click on the Shortcut tab.
- click on the text box in front of the “Shortcut key”.
- Press and hold the Ctrl and Alt buttons.
- Enter a character, e.g. Ctrl+Alt+G
- Click on the OK button.
Now whenever you press Ctrl+Alt+G, Google Chrome will be started, and so you do not have to look for its icon and double click on it to run the program.
I choose Ctrl+Alt+C for the calculator, Ctrl+Alt+P for Photoshop, Ctrl+Alt+W for Michrosoft Word, Ctrl+Alt+E for Microsoft Excel and…
As the person who spends several hours in front of the computer, these shortcut keys save me a lot of time and energy.
There are so many other ways to use your computer easier and faster and without being dependent on the mouse:
1. If you are a Microsoft Windows user, Go to Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access Center and click on “Make the mouse easier to use”, and activate the “Turn on Mouse Keys”, so that you can use the numeric keypad arrow keys to move the mouse pointer. This helps your hands not to leave the keyboard in case you have to use the mouse pointer sometimes.
2. You can use the Windows keyboard shortcuts. They help you to use the keyboard for so many of the functions that really can be done with keyboard much easier and faster than mouse. For example, to highlight a text you can press and hold the shift button and use the arrow keys. Then if you press Ctrl+C, the highlighted text will be copied to the clipboard. If you press Ctrl+V, the copies text will be pasted. Beginner computer users do all of these with mouse, which is a lot harder and slower. However, professional and more experienced computer users use keyboard, because it is much easier and faster.