Do you spend a lot of your time using a computer? Between the continual use of the keyboard and mouse/trackpad, there’s a lot of hand and arm movement that can cause various strains to your upper limbs, causing discomfort and even pain. Consider reducing your movements by using just the keyboard! If you’re using a Mac, we have some neat solutions that you’ll definitely find useful.
Using the mouse or trackpad for extended periods of time can cause ailments such as the Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, whereas others such as RSI (Repetitive Strain injury) are onset by frequent – and often uncomfortable – movement of your limbs, especially the hands and the forearms.
If you’re a workaholic or have to sit in front of a computer screen all day, this can cause a lot of discomfort – even pain.
A good way of reducing stress injuries is to use the mouse less often, and make do with a keyboard instead. Here are some tools that can help you control Mac with keyboard only, and go about your daily tasks without needing a mouse in most cases.
From within the keyboard settings, you can change the default option for the Tab key to cycle between all controls. This is probably the first thing you should do.
cVim for Chrome
If you’re using Chrome on your Mac, this is an amazing tool for keyboard-only operation. Take a look for yourself;
As you can see in the image, it looks pretty cluttered. But pretty handy for keyboard-only operation. You can get it from the link below.
If you’re a programmer, you’ll love this! This nice little editor has tonnes of shortcut options that will make your life infinitely easier. It has a ton of features, some of which you can see for yourself in the gif below.
Other great tools
Alfred – Alfred can save you a lot of time when searching for files on your Mac. There are a ton of hotkeys, keywords and file actions you can perform with the keyboard which will make your life easier!
HomebrewCask – This lets you install apps with the command line, so you don’t have to go through all the mouse-work in downloading and installing an app.
Shortcat – With this, you can use the keyboard to click anything on the screen in Mac OS X.
How many hours a day do you spend using a computer? Do you know of more such tools that help? Let us know in the comments section below!