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Is there an extremely user friendly mouse for 50+ year old adults who are trying to learn how to use a computer?

I'm trying to teach my parents how to use a computer and they are having the hardest time using the mouse. They're having trouble moving and clicking. I think I can resolve the trouble with moving the mouse by getting them a trackball, but I can't think of anyway to get around how to work a mouse click.

They can't manage a double click...

At the moment, I'm having them click on an icon and then pressing 'enter' on the keyboard to open up something on the desktop. However, now they're complaining that it seems clunky to have to go back and forth between the mouse and keyboard to open something up on the desktop. mad.gif

ARRRGGGGHHH
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Look at the second set of options smile.gif Should help them out without having to buy a new mouse or anything.

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If they're first beginning to use a computer at such a late age it'll be extremely difficult to retain the knowledge held/learnt. Old people generally have lower spine counts and can become nearly impossible to retain lessons hence "you can't teach an old dog new tricks."

However I believe tablets and touch screen AIO's are a much better solution for getting them into technology. If they're struggling with the mouse alone I would say their typing efficiency is at a crawl-which tablets are at so they can easily manage better.

My parents are 50+ and my mom who has never dealt with anything technological has become very savvy with her iphone believe it or not.
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Look at the second set of options smile.gif Should help them out without having to buy a new mouse or anything.
Thanks!! That works for them. The only icon I have on the desktop is Firefox so it's not like they can click anything else anyway.

And yeah, their typing efficiency is low; they have to look for the key on the keyboard and press one letter at a time. I do agree that touch screens are easier for them.

They just want to be able to stream Asian dramas and watch it on TV so I'm letting them use the HTPC. They need to be able to visit the website that hosts and streams them. Is there a easy using tablets for my parents to control all this?
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They just want to be able to stream Asian dramas and watch it on TV so I'm letting them use the HTPC. They need to be able to visit the website that hosts and streams them. Is there a easy using tablets for my parents to control all this?

I think it will be harder for them to use on a tablet. If you just set that site to the homepage of Firefox or a bookmark they can quickly access it and would probably enjoy watching it on a monitor much more than a tablet screen. Heck, even put a shortcut on the desktop that goes straight to the site and will open it in Firefox. Just right click on the desktop, new -> shortcut , copy and paste the site and name the shortcut whatever you want and it will go right to it. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and assume that the site is using Flash to stream- which has zero support on tablets officially (you can manually install the apk for Android).
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post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by stn0092 View Post

Thanks!! That works for them. The only icon I have on the desktop is Firefox so it's not like they can click anything else anyway.

And yeah, their typing efficiency is low; they have to look for the key on the keyboard and press one letter at a time. I do agree that touch screens are easier for them.

They just want to be able to stream Asian dramas and watch it on TV so I'm letting them use the HTPC. They need to be able to visit the website that hosts and streams them. Is there a easy using tablets for my parents to control all this?

I'd probably say a windows 8 convertible laptop will suffice for their needs; which you can find $500~ at lenovo outlet/scratch n dent if you're looking for an i3+. This way they get full features of a laptop with the touch of a tablet that they can widi or just a long hdmi cable to the tv. This of course is if you have spare $500.
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