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Philip Doubleday gives tips on getting the best use of your computer mouse in his latest blog
Philip Doubleday gives tips on getting the best use of your computer mouse in his latest blog

Happy New Year! Our first blog of 2016 eases us gently into the new year. No scary warnings or technical jargon! Just some helpful tips on using your computer mouse.

SHIFT + mouse click

To highlight all or part of the text on a website or in a document, simply click the start point of the paragraph you want to select, then hold the SHIFT key, while you click at the end point of what you want to select.

Select with double and triple click

Any word can be selected by double-clicking on it. To highlight an entire paragraph, click the mouse button three times.

Use the right-click

If you have selected text and now wish to cut or copy and paste it elsewhere, right-click the highlighted item, cut or copy it and then right-click anywhere to paste it.

An even easier way is to drag the highlighted text while holding the right mouse button, and drop it in the chosen place by letting go of the right button.

Make the most of the scroll wheel

A mouse wheel allows you to scroll up and down on a page. However, it can also do a lot more:

To open a web page in a new tab, click the wheel over a weblink on a web page.

Zoom in and out by holding down the CTRL key and scrolling up to zoom in and down to zoom out.

Within most Internet browsers, press the SHIFT key and scroll down to go back to the previous web page. Press SHIFT and scroll up to go forward again.

Manage the open window with the mouse

Double-click the top title bar of any window to maximize it or, if it is already maximized, to make it smaller.

Customize your mouse

In Windows 10, go to Settings, Mouse & Touchpad. Choose Additional Mouse Options. Here you can:

Select a pointer speed.

Change the size and colour of the pointer.

Tick the “Snap To” check box under the Pointer Options tab. This option automatically moves your mouse to the default button within a dialog box.

For example, if you delete a file or close a window, a dialogue box appears asking if you are sure you want to perform the task.

With the “Snap To” feature on, the cursor automatically moves to the OK button – just click the left mouse button if you agree.

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