November 9, 2006 1:04 PM Subscribe
How can I use Windows without touching a mouse? Will voice recognition software help?
posted by tabulem to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have increasingly severe wrist/shoulder pain which makes it impossible to use a mouse with either hand. I have tried MouseKeys but it's pretty pathetic and causes just as much strain as an actual mouse. I've also tried all different kinds of mouses (or mice, if you prefer), and nothing helps.
I would like to be able to control every aspect of Windows XP--menus, windows, dialogs, internet, etc.--without using a mouse.
I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts, but these are limited--there are many things which can't be done from the keyboard, e.g. especially things that would normally be accomplished by dragging.
(1) Is there any good software which will significantly expand my ability to do things using the keyboard?
(2) Better still, how much control over user interface elements would I have with Dragon Naturally Speaking? If it's worthwhile, do I need to shell out for the preferred (extra $100) or professional (extra $600) edition?
Thanks for your help.