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Ergonomic Guidelines for Keyboarding

© 1998 Microsoft Corporation

We've done extensive testing on the designs of our hardware and software products because we want to come up with the most easy-to-use and comfortable products possible. Now we'd like to help you use our products, and give you some tips on how to improve your general work environment.

It is important when you're using your computer to make sure that your wrists are straight when typing. Position your hands above the keyboard with a minimum of a 90-degree right angle at the elbow. Keep your wrists straight and your fingers curled under slightly. Your arms should fall relaxed at your side - don't shrug your shoulders to keeps your arms at right angles.

Place your monitor at eye level, minimizing the bending of your neck while typing. Avoid resting on your palms while typing. The palm rest provided should be used only during breaks from typing.

Ensuring that your chair, work surface, and keyboard are in the correct positions is important. Maintaining proper body posture can not only lessen your risk of injury, but also help you work more comfortably.

Adjusting the Keyboard Legs
The keyboard legs provided are designed to accommodate various body sizes, chairs, and desks while using this keyboard.

Keyboard Image © 1998 Microsoft Corporation
Straight wrists with keyboard legs retracted 
Keyboard Image © 1998 Microsoft Corporation
Straight wrists with keyboard legs extended

To adjust the keyboard legs, see the instructions on the underside of the keyboard. Choose the option that promotes the least bending of the wrists while typing.

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