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Chapter 1. Working with Your Mac > The Varied and Wonderful Pointer

The Varied and Wonderful Pointer

The mouse pointer—usually in the shape of a small black arrow—is the little graphical doodad onscreen that connects the mouse to your Macintosh's software. When you move the mouse, the pointer moves along with it. With this powerful tool, you can move files or folders around, select menu items and commands, rearrange and resize windows, and push buttons—pretty much anything you wouldn't type on a keyboard. It's known as a pointer mostly because you point at things with it. Of course, you can do a lot more than just point, but you get the idea.

Types of Pointers

Most of the time, the pointer appears either as an arrow or as an I-beam. You use the arrow to move items around, and the I-beam lets you select and manipulate text.


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