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Right Mouse Click

Author: Celia Taylor

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: May 2005

 

 

 

 

Right clicking on a computer mouse is a useful skill in all computer packages as it opens up a contextual menu which relates to you current action in the software, it provides a sort of short cut. Right clicking on a computer mouse is essential to use CAQDAS packages.

A computer mouse usually has two buttons as shown in Figure 1.

Buttons on a computer mouse

Figure 1. Buttons on a computer mouse

Right mouse button

The right mouse button has a limited number of uses which only involve a single click

  • Opens a menu related to where you are clicking on the page
  • This menu is specific to the software you are using

Left mouse button

The left mouse button has a greater number of uses depending on if you use a single click, double click, or a triple click.

Single-click

  • To point and click where you want the cursor to appear in a page
  • Click on links
  • Click on buttons
  • Select from menus and tool bars

Double click (two clicks performed quickly and close together)

  • Opens a file in my computer
  • Opens a program by clicking on the icon on the desktop
  • It can block a section of text between two carriage returns

Third click (three clicks performed quickly and close together)

  • De-selects the text blocked by two clicks

Figure 1. Source: Computer Mouse (2005) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_mouse#Buttons

The text on left mouse double clicks is an abridged version of: Basic mouse clicks using a two button mouse by Inidana University (2004) you can view the original at: http://kb.indiana.edu/data/alow.html?cust=628569.10115.30