Organizing your adjustments
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The order in which you follow the advice in the previous sections depends on the adjustability of your work surface.
- If your work surface height adjusts, then systematically adjust yourself and your computer "from the ground up."
- If you have a fixed desk or table, systematically adjust yourself and your computer "from the top down."
From the ground up
- 1. Seat height: you should be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor.
- 2. Chair back angles and lower back support: your back should be well supported.
- 3. Keyboard height: home row should be near your elbow height.
- 4. Keyboard slope: wrists should be in a comfortable, neutral position.
- 5. Pointing device: should be placed to the immediate left or right of your keyboard.
- 6. Optional forearm support: shoulders should be relaxed and forearms evenly supported.
- 7. Monitor distance, height, and angle: should allow your head to be balanced comfortably over your shoulders.
- 8. Document holder, phone, and reference materials: frequently used items should be within easy reach.
From the top down
- 1. Seat height: elbow height should be near your keyboard's home row.
- 2. Footrest, if you need one.
- 3. Follow steps 2 through 8, above.
Adjustable furniture designed for computer use may not always be available. However, you can use towels, pillows, blankets, and books in many ways, such as to:
- Raise the height of your chair.
- Create a footrest.
- Support your back.
- Elevate the keyboard or display.
- Provide armrests if you are working on a couch or bed.
- Provide padding wherever needed.