Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Clicking refers to pressing a mouse button and immediately releasing it. Clicking sends
a signal to your computer that you want to perform an action on the object you click. In
Windows XP you perform most actions with the left mouse button. If you are told to click
an object, position the mouse pointer on that object and click the left mouse button,
unless instructed otherwise.
When you click the Start button, the Start menu opens. A menu is a group or list of
commands, and a menu command is a word that you can click to complete tasks. If a
right-pointing arrow follows a menu command, then you can point to the command to
open a submenu , which is a list of additional choices related to the command. The Start
menu provides you with access to programs, documents, and much more. You can click
the Start button to open the Start menu.
To open the Start menu:
1. Point to the Start button on the taskbar.
2. Click the left mouse button. The Start menu opens. An arrow follows the All Programs
command on the Start menu, indicating that you can view additional choices by navigating
to a submenu. See Figure 4; your Start menu might show different commands.
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3. Click the Start button on the taskbar to close the Start menu.
You need to select an object to work with it. To select an object in Windows XP, you
point to and then click that object. Windows XP shows you which object is selected by
highlighting it, usually by changing the object’s color, putting a box around it, or making
the object appear to be pushed in.
In Windows XP, depending on your computer’s settings, you can select certain objects
by pointing to them and others by clicking them. You’ll point to the All Programs com-
mand on the Start menu to open the All Programs submenu.