How to Become an Advanced Mouse User

How to Become an Advanced Mouse User

We all see the younger generation operate their computers effortlessly, and we can’t figure out how they do it so quickly and efficiently. The truth of the matter is, that a lot of their speed is thanks to better use of their mouse. Your mouse can do more than just point-and-click, and this guide will teach you how to maximize your use of it. Better mouse control will improve your efficiency and self-confidence in your computer skills.

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The Left Mouse Button

The left mouse button is the one we mainly use, be if for selecting, marking or just clicking away. Here are a few other things you can do with it.

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The left mouse button
  • You can quickly highlight a segment of text by pressing and holding the Shift key on the keyboard. Then, click once where you would like the selection to start, and once more where you’d like it to end.
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Section highlight by using Shift
  • To quickly highlight a specific word, simply double-click on it. To do it for an entire paragraph, triple-click it.
  • A different way of highlighting text is by pressing and holding the Alt key on your keyboard, then click and hold the left mouse button, and drag the mouse cursor in the direction you’d like to highlight. This will form a (usually) gray rectangle that will only highlight the text inside it.
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Highlighting a section by using Alt
  • If you’re browsing a web page you like, and then see a link to a page you would like to check-out later you can do it by opening the link in a new browser tab. Press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and then left-click on the link. It will now open in a separate tab in the browser, and you can continue with your browsing.
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Opening a new tab by using Ctrl
  • By double-clicking on the top bar of (almost) any window, you will cause it to maximize and fit the entire screen. Doing it in a maximized window will revert it to its smaller size.
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The top bar – highlighted in red
  • If you’re using Windows 7 or above, you can easily split the screen between two windows to increase your efficiency. To do that, click and hold the top bar of one window, and then drag it to one edge of the screen and let go of the left mouse button. Then do the same with the other window, but drag it to the opposite side of the screen.
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Split screen between Baba-Mail and a text documet
  • You can transfer a file from one folder to another, or highlighted text from one spot in a document to another. Left-click and hold the file or highlighted text, and then drag it to the desired location and release.


The Right Mouse Button

The right mouse button is mainly used to open up action-menus. By holding the cursor over a file or highlighted text and pressing the right mouse button, you’ll see a new menu pops out with various options relevant to the highlighted selection.

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The right mouse button
  • To easily copy a file or a highlighted bit of text, right-click on it and select “Copy” (to duplicate the selection) or alternatively, choose “Cut” to remove the highlighted selection before placing it in another spot. Once you’re done, move the mouse to the place you wish to enter the selection you copied or cut, and right click again, then select “Paste.
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Copy/Paste options
  • Another way of moving a file or highlighted text similarly to the “Cut” option is to click and hold the right button over the text/file and dragging it to that location. Once you let go of the right mouse button, you’ll have the option to copy it to that spot or move it there completely.
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Copy/Move options

The Mouse Wheel – The Middle Mouse Button

On most modern mice, you’ll find a small “wheel” which also serves as a third button, as well as letting you scroll through pages. This button has several functions that will make your life easier as well.

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The mouse wheel
  • The wheel lets you scroll up and down on a page, but if you press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard while scrolling, you’ll increase or decrease the size of the text and images on the web page.
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Mouse-wheel click to open a new tab
  • If you click on a link with the mouse wheel, it’ll open it in a new browser tab.
  • To close an open tab, click on it with the mouse wheel.
  • If you click the wheel in the middle of the page, the cursor will change to something similar to this –Mouse Ninja. Wherever you move your mouse while that icon appears, your screen will scroll accordingly. The further away you move the cursor from the original spot, the faster the scrolling will be, so it’s recommended that you move it slowly.
  • This final trick only works in the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers – By pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard and moving the mouse wheel down, you will move back or forward on web pages you’ve visited (similar to the “Back” button in the browser).


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on January 5, 2015, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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