Mouse in the House! Tips for Using Computer Mice

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

All of us have computer mice in one form or another, but do we really USE them? Here are a few tips that may help you:

1.Shift key and mouse click

Many programs allow you to highlight all or portions of text using the shift key and the mouse.

2. The scroll wheel

A) It’s not just a wheel!  It is also a button and can be used to open and close tabs in web browsers. Just mouse over a link and click the mouse wheel and boom!  It opens the link in a new tab.  Also, if you mouse over the tab and hit the scroll wheel button it will close that tab.

B) If you are on a web page and the font is too small, hold down the Ctrl button and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.

3. Double and triple clicking the left mouse button

You can highlight any word by double clicking the left mouse button, but did you know that triple clicking that button highlights the whole paragraph? Try it!

4. The right mouse button

Most of us know that right clicking brings up a menu that has options like cut, paste, and copy. But when you hold the right mouse button down while dragging a file to a new place and then release the button, those options appear automatically.

5. Extra mouse buttons 

Not all mice have side buttons, but they are becoming more and more popular. There is a company called Razer that makes gaming mice (I use them) that makes a mouse that has 17 programmable buttons on the side of the mouse.

If you have a mouse with side buttons take a look at the software that comes with them to see what they can do!

See, not all mice are the type that keep you up all night, running around in the ceiling like the one in my house last night.  A mouse can be your friend.

Have a great weekend!