Computer Mouse Tips and Tricks

Most people don’t take full advantage of the computer mouse. Most people don’t know how. So here are some tips and secrets that will help you get the most out of your mouse:

Shift Key and Mouse
Many word processing programs and text editors allow you to highlight all or portions of text using the Shift key and the mouse. For example, place the cursor at the beginning of a paragraph, hold down the Shift key and click at the end of the paragraph to highlight the full paragraph.

Here’s another tip. Hold down the Alt key while dragging and highlighting text to select text that may not be consecutive. This can also be used if your paragraph or text is in a column.

Scroll Wheel
The mouse wheel is not just a wheel; it can also be used as a button. Pressing down on the wheel will act like a third mouse button. This can be used to open a web page in a tab by clicking the wheel on any link. This can also be used to close a tab by clicking the wheel on any open tab.

Zoom in and Out on a web page, word document, excel spreadsheet, etc. by holding down the Ctrl key and scrolling up to zoom in and down to zoom out. If you press down on the wheel, you can move up or down a document or a web page without having to scroll.

Select with double and triple click
You can select a word in a document by double-clicking anywhere within the word. If you want to highlight the whole paragraph, click the mouse button three times.

Use the right-click
Any time you highlight text or wish to view the properties of an object, right-click. You can do anything from copying, cutting, and pasting to looking up synonyms. If you right-click on any file or text and drag it while continuing to hold the right button, when you let go you will be given the option to move or copy that file or text. This saves you the extra step of having to right-click where you want to paste the item.

Use the mouse side buttons
Many new computer mice have buttons on the side of the mouse. These buttons can be programmed to do anything. However, by default, the left-thumb button can be used to go back on a web page. This makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable, since you do not need to move the mouse cursor to the browser back arrow button in order to go back a page.

Use Windows Mouse “Snap To” feature
Take full advantage of the Windows mouse “Snap To” feature, which will automatically move your mouse to buttons that appear in a dialog box. For example, if you delete a file or close a window, you will see a dialog box pop up. With the “Snap To” feature enabled, the mouse cursor automatically moves to the Ok button. To enable this feature, open the Mouse properties under the Control Panel and check the “Snap To” check box under the Pointer Options tab.

Taking full advantage of the mouse will allow you to move around your program and the Internet a little bit faster. Try them and see if they work for you. If not, don’t worry. There are plenty of other tips and tricks you can learn.

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