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Windows XP Chapter 1 Introduction to Microsoft Windows XP
The Windows XP User Interface
To communicate with the operating system, you can use a mouse. A mouse is a
pointing device used with Windows XP that may be attached to the computer by a cable or
may be wireless. Among others, Windows XP supports the use of the Natural Wireless
Laser Mouse 6000 (Figure 1–4).
wheel button allows
you to scroll side to side
and up and down
The mouse, although
invented in the 1960s,
was not used widely until
the Apple Macintosh
available in 1984.
Today, the mouse is an
indispensable tool for
every computer user.
Using the mouse, you can perform the following operations: point, click, right-click,
double-click, drag, and right-drag. These operations are demonstrated on the following pages.
Many common tasks, such as logging on to the computer or logging off, are performed
by pointing to an item and then clicking the item. Point means you move the mouse
across a ﬂ at surface until the mouse pointer rests on the item of choice. As you move the
mouse across a ﬂ at surface, the optical sensor on the underside of the mouse senses the
movement of the mouse, and the mouse pointer moves across the computer desktop in
the same direction. In Ofﬁ ce 2007, you can point to buttons on the Ribbon in a window
and observe a live preview of the effect of selecting that button.
Click means you press and release the primary mouse button, which in this topic is
the left mouse button. In most cases, you must point to an item before you click it.