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Mousing Handout

Mousing Handout



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Handout used with the Mousing Around class offered by the North County Regional Library of the Palm Beach County Library System.
Handout used with the Mousing Around class offered by the North County Regional Library of the Palm Beach County Library System.

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Mousing Around:
What you will learn
What a mouse is and what it is used for
How to hold a mouse
What a cursor is and how it changes appearance
How to click, double-click, \u2018click-and-drag\u2019, and right-click
Skills for interacting with the computer via the mouse
Where to get more practice: www.pbclibrary.org/mousing
North County Regional
Computer Classes
In accordance with the provisions of the ADA, this document may be requested in an alternate format.
The Mouse

A mouse is a palm-sized device that lets us control the movement of our mouse cursor on the computer
screen. We move the mouse cursor on the screen by moving the mouse over a flat surface, such as a
special mouse pad or a clear part of a desk.

To interact with objects on the screen:

Move the mouse cursor over the object
and click a button on the mouse (usually
the left button).

The mouse should always be oriented with the
cord pointing towards the back of the table or
desk. The mouse should be moved around on the
mouse pad or desk maintaining that orientation.
Do not twist the mouse like a steering wheel. The
mouse must also be kept in contact with the
mouse pad or desk. If you run out of room to
slide the mouse, you can lift the mouse up and
reposition it on the mouse pad or desk.

Holding a Mouse

Holding a mouse should not be a strenuous activity. If your fingers, hand, wrist, arm or shoulder get fatigued or sore when you use a mouse, you are either holding it incorrectly or are exerting too much force. Be gentle with the mouse!

To hold the mouse:
Rest your wrist on the mouse pad or

desk, with the palm of your hand
resting on the back portion of the
mouse. (The table or desk should
support the weight of your forearm)

Hold the mouse between your thumb
and last two fingers, keeping your
palm on the back of the mouse.
Lightly rest your index finger on the
left button and your middle finger on
the right button.
Mouse Cursors

The mouse cursor acts as our virtual \u2018fingertip\u2019 inside the computer screen, allowing us to physically interact with objects, such as buttons or menus, on the screen. The mouse cursor usually appears as an arrow on the screen, but its appearance will vary depending on where it is on the screen and what computer program you are using.

Clicking is the most common function of the mouse. Most objects on the computer screen, such as
buttons or menus, are clicked just once to interact with them.
To click:
Lightly press and release the left mouse button with your index finger.
Be careful not to move the mouse while you are clicking. The trick is to keep a relaxed hold on
the mouse while you press the button gently.

Double-clicking involves clicking the left button twice in rapid succession without letting the mouse move between clicks. The key to double-clicking successfully is to keep your hand relaxed and not press the button too hard. Usually the only time you need to double-click is when using icons on the computer\u2019s desktop to start a program or open a document.

To double-click:
Place the mouse cursor on the object to be double-clicked.
Click the left mouse button twice, gently but quickly (about as fast as you can say \u2018click-click\u2019).
Clicking and Dragging

"Clicking and dragging" is a way to move objects on the screen. Only certain objects can be moved (for example, icons and windows can be dragged around the desktop, and scroll bars can be dragged within windows)

To drag an object:
Place the mouse cursor on the object to be dragged.
Press and hold down the left mouse button.
Move the mouse while still holding down the left mouse button.
When you have "dragged" the object to the location you want, let go of the mouse button.
Sample mouse
cursor shapes

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