Using the Mouse

Most people who have used an earlier version of Windows are familiar with the basic use of the mouse. You use the left mouse button to single-click on something to select it, double-click on something to activate it, or click and drag something. The operations are still available in Windows 95/98/ME/XP, but Windows 95/98/ME/XP also implements the right mouse button by providing a context sensitive menu of functions you can perform wherever you use it.

To demonstrate the power of the right mouse button, let's use it with the file we've been working with recently - the My File file in the My Documents folder. Bring up My Computer and look in My Documents for the My File  file. Right-click on this file and you should see something like the following menu:

This menu contains those operations that are available for use against the object currently selected. All of these operations are available elsewhere, but Windows 95/98/ME/XP makes them convenient. The right mouse button is available everywhere in Windows 95/98/ME/XP. The content of the menu will change depending on where you use it, but it will always give you those operations that are available for the object you have selected.

Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 03/13/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)