How to reduce the risk of long term injury using your laptop

If you are using your laptop often or for extended periods, you should set it up correctly at your desk with a mouse, keyboard (mini keyboards are an excellent portable solution) and laptop stand. If you are using your laptop on the move try your best to find space for your keyboard, mouse and laptop stand.

Without using the laptop as part of a mobile workstation, long-term neck and shoulder injuries are common. Just think of the strain on your body when you crouch over a laptop screen for long periods.

View the tips on this page to see how to use your laptop correctly at your desk.

Laptop set-up illustration
Head position illustration

Balanced head, not leaning forward.

Arm position illustration

Arms relaxed by your side.

Lower arm position illustration

Forearms parallel to desk.

Back position illustration

Sit back in chair ensuring good back support.

Laptop arm length illustration

Screen approximately arms length from you.

Laptop eye position illustration

Top of screen about eye level.

Leg position illustration

Space behind knee.

Feet illustration

Feet flat on floor or on a footrest.