POINT AND CLICK
This is a very basic lesson in how to use the mouse.
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- How to hold the mouse:
- First off, don't hold the mouse, in the sense of picking it
up and cradling it. It needs to be in contact with a flat smooth surface.
- Reach for mouse with your right hand. Rest
your palm on the mouse's back. Drape your thumb and little finger on
either side of the mouse.
- Now you're in a position to push the mouse around. We'll do a final
fitting in step 4.
- Moving the mouse:
- Look for the cursor, , on the screen. If you have trouble locating the cursor, jiggle
the mouse to and fro for a moment. Hold the mouse as described above, and
while looking at the screen at the cursor, move your hand from right to left.
Notice how the cursor moves from
right to left (if it changes shape as it moves, pay it no mind for now)
- Keep your eyes on the screen, and while resting your hand on the
mouse. Move your hand closer to your body and then further away. Notice
how the cursor moves up and down the screen.
- Clicking with the mouse:
- The two buttons on the mouse are for "clicking."
- The left mouse button will be doing most of the work. You'll want to keep
your right index finger "on the trigger," by resting it on the left mouse
button. Don't suspend your finger above the button; it may come down on the
wrong mouse button with unexpected results. Just rest your left forefinger gently on the left button.
- To click, hold the mouse steady and bear down momentarily with your index finger on the left mouse
button. You should hear a "click" as you depress the mouse. The button should be
depressed for only an instant; the downward
click and the upward click should merge into one sound.
- Final Fitting: Since every hand is different, you'll
have to find the right position for your hand. People with smaller hands
might rest their hand on the mouse, lying their finger on the primary mouse
button; others with larger hands might arch their hand slightly over mouse,
gently "standing" their index finger on the mouse button and resting the heel of their hand
on the mousepad or work surface.
The important thing is to find what's comfortable so you can relax and stop
worrying about the mouse and do and what you came here to do.
- Using the mouse with Netscape Navigator:
- The Right Mouse Button: After you've mastered clicking with the left mouse button
you might want to see what happens if you click the right mouse button.
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