I thought it might be a fun twist to continue on this week with what I’m liking in my office right now. I know I still have yet to give the big tour of the makeover. It’ll come soon, I hope.
Right now, this is my new favorite thing.
I looooove my trackpad!
I never ever thought I’d say that. But after using a laptop for much of last year, I really got accustomed to it. There’s nothing to grab and nothing to click. And I can even design on it–no problem at all. I love that I don’t have to put my fingers around a mouse and use my forefinger in a bent-ish position. I was feeling–what I was thinking might be–carpal tunnel on my wrist from all the designing and working with a mouse for all those years. It didn’t even occur to me for quite some time that the sensation of that had gone away after being on a laptop and using a trackpad with my hand in more of a flat position. I haven’t felt anything for almost a year now.
And you know what else? I can mix it up and use it left-handed too!
It gives the right hand even more of a break, if so desired. And this is going to sound a little silly, but I’m nervous about anything harming my right hand. My right hand is my livelihood. If I don’t have it, I can’t design. So I’m actually trying to do more little things on the computer with my left hand just to get comfortable.
Silly, but it is a practical thing. :) And it’s so much easier to maneuver my left hand on a track pad rather than getting used to having it wrapped around a mouse. I actually use my left hand a lot–particularly on my laptop–especially, when I’m just perusing the internet.
And no, I’m not out to subliminally promote Silhouette in that photo. ;) I made that jacket back when I worked for them–gosh, has it been four years ago? Even though it was like 60 degrees outside when I took that photo, I needed a jacket on our third level (halfway kind of basement) because it’s chilly down there and that just happened to be the attire for the day.
Additionally, while I initially refused to use my cordless keyboard for years because I loved all the side buttons of an extended keyboard, again, I got used to the other keyboard on my laptop. So to keep with consistency, I changed over and I looooove the cleaner look! No cords at all. love. I just wish that they’d make a wireless extended keyboard too. We’ll see if I still like it over time, but so far so good. And I still have my extended keyboard too….just in case.
The other thing I like about a trackpad is that I’m not moving my hand all about with my mouse and I never have to worry about it losing mousability on my desk…and I don’t need a mouse pad that will clutter up my desk either (not that I really ever used one before). But I did notice that on my new desk the mouse wasn’t working as smoothly as it had been on my old desk. Wasn’t looking forward to probably having to get one and added to the reason for getting a trackpad too.
Oh, and watching Dave Cross use a pen+tablet on the CreativeLive Photoshop classes? Yeah, that makes my hand hurt even more just looking at holding a ‘pen’ to work all day. That’s all he uses. I think that if I did painting and artwork, it might be a different story. I might like one for using occasionally, but not as a full-time option. But that’s just my personal preference. In the end, everyone has to use what works best for them.
Now, in case you are wondering, yes, I still do have my mouse and will bring it out if I ever need it. It’s neatly tucked in the drawer right in front of me…along with my other essentials, including my Blistex, dental floss and ponytail holders. ;) That’s the mouse in the bottom center of the photo. Kind of blends in, but it’s there.
I’m sure the mouse will be used on the rare occasion. But right now?
You can’t make me get rid of my lovely trackpad. :)
If any of you are interested in my settings for my trackpad, here they are.
I don’t use anything under More Gestures (I think just about everything is checked, but I don’t use it). I do take full advantage of the three-finger options for clicking+dragging….even though technically I never ‘click’ anything (push down) on the trackpad. And I use the two-finger tap for ‘right-click’ on menus all the time.