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OT - Typing with one hand - by Lilly Walters

I hope you will find this interesting, as I did today.  I am fortunate that I can use my "less-able" hand to operate the SHIFT key on my keyboard.  But many cannot.  It really slows down your typing speed when you have to use the full hand to do that SHIFT key. I have often wished that those who cannot use their 2nd hand for the shift, could put a trackball on the ground, and program a button to the the SHIFT.  Then, they could use their foot to do SHIFT and mouse functions.  But, I have been told for years that it was not possible. Just today I heard from Logitech, who creates an inexpensive trackball, that it can be done!  Mind you, I have not tried this, but I am so excited that it might work!

Here is what they said:  You can actually program one of the mouse buttons as the SHIFT key. You just need to install the mouse software, below are the links where you can download the software:

After installing the software, open Logitech's  "Setpoint" mouse settings as follows:

  • Click on Start menu
  • Click All Programs
  • Click Logitech
  • Click on Mouse and Keyboard Settings, a window will pop-up
  • Click the My Mouse tab
  • From the list of mouse buttons on the left, click on the name of the button you want to act as SHIFT
  • In the list on the right, select Keystroke Assignment
  • Click in the Keystroke box at the lower-right
  • Hit SHIFT on your keyboard (the word SHIFT should appear in the text box)
  • Click Apply, then OK

So, I hope that works for some of you who struggle with the SHIFT key. BTW, the Logitech mouse I use - not on the ground - is the "Optical Marble Mouse."  I think that would work well for those who would benefit from foot operation, as the buttons are nice and large. Let me know if you try it out.  I would LOVE to know that there is a solution for the SHIFT problem.  I don't see why you couldn't do TAB, or ENTER as well?  Let me know!

- Lilly Walters

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