Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Introduction to the Windows 8 Operating System
Table 2 Mouse Operations
Operation
Mouse Action
Example
Point
Move the mouse until the pointer on the desktop is positioned on the
item of choice.
Position the pointer on the screen.
Click
Press and release the primary mouse button, which usually is the left
mouse button.
Select or deselect items on the screen or run
an app or app feature.
Right-click
Press and release the secondary mouse button, which usually is the right
mouse button.
Display a shortcut menu.
Double-click
Quickly press and release the primary mouse button twice without
moving the mouse.
Run an app or app feature.
Triple-click
Quickly press and release the primary mouse button three times without
moving the mouse.
Select a paragraph.
Drag
Point to an item, hold down the primary mouse button, move the item to
the desired location on the screen, and then release the mouse button.
Move an object from one location to another
or draw pictures.
Right-drag
Point to an item, hold down the right mouse button, move the item to
the desired location on the screen, and then release the right mouse
button.
Display a shortcut menu after moving an
object from one location to another.
Rotate wheel
Roll the wheel forward or backward.
Scroll vertically (up and down).
Free-spin wheel
Whirl the wheel forward or backward so that it spins freely on its own.
Scroll through many pages in seconds.
Press wheel
Press the wheel button while moving the mouse.
Scroll continuously.
Tilt wheel
Press the wheel toward the right or left.
Scroll horizontally (left and right).
Press thumb button
Press the button on the side of the mouse with your thumb.
Move forward or backward through
webpages and/or control media, games, etc.
BTW
Pointer
If you are using a touch screen,
the pointer may not appear
on the screen as you perform
touch gestures. The pointer
will reappear when you begin
using the mouse.
Scrolling
A scroll bar is a horizontal or
vertical bar that appears when the
contents of an area may not be visible
completely on the screen (Figure 2).
A scroll bar contains scroll arrows
and a scroll box that enable you
to view areas that currently cannot
be seen on the screen. Tapping or
clicking the up and down scroll
arrows moves the screen content up
or down one line. You also can tap or
click above or below the scroll box to
move up or down a section, or drag
the scroll box up or down to move to
a specic location.
BTW
Minimize Wrist Injury
Computer users frequently
switch between the keyboard
and the mouse during a
spreadsheet session; such
switching strains the wrist.
To help prevent wrist injury,
minimize switching. For
instance, if your ngers
already are on the keyboard,
use keyboard keys to scroll.
If your hand already is on
the mouse, use the mouse
to scroll. If your hand is on
the touch screen, use touch
gestures to scroll.
scroll bar
scroll arrows
scroll box
Figure 2
What should you do if you are running Windows 7 instead of Windows 8?
Although Windows 8 includes several user interface and feature enhancements, many of the steps in this topic work in both
Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you have any questions about differences between the two operating systems or how to
perform tasks in an earlier version of Windows, contact your instructor.
 
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