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97 AccessDOS, Access Pack for Windows (free commercial software)




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This article is from the Ergonomics and Typing Injury FAQ, by Dan Wallach dwallach@cs.princeton.edu with numerous contributions by others.

97 AccessDOS, Access Pack for Windows (free commercial software)

Available from
Microsoft, CompuServe, Genie, Microsoft Online, Microsoft Download
Service, BBSs
Platforms
DOS, Windows

AccessDOS has a range of keyboard and mouse control features that may be
useful, such as sticky shift keys to avoid stretching to hold down shift
at same time as other keys, and using the keyboard for mouse functions. It
also allows serial- line interfacing of alternative keyboards and other
devices. AccessDOS is available from Microsoft on the MS-DOS Supplemental
Disk.

Access Pack for Windows has roughly the same features but in a Windows
environment. The mouse functions of Access Pack for Windows are useful for
people who find using the mouse painful. You can use the numeric keypad,
with Num Lock off, to do operations like drag and drop without holding
down a mouse button or a key on the keyboard. You can also do double click
from the keyboard by pressing a single key just once. You can use cursor
control keys for all mouse movements, though this is rather slow, as you
might expect. The mouse functions probably work best if you can use some
kind of ergonomic mouse or trackball and just avoid double click and drag
operations as described. You can work entirely without a mouse - if you
want to use a real mouse as well as Access Pack functions, it must be
Microsoft Mouse compatible.

 

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