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Never used a mouse before?

In case you've never used a mouse before, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Keep the mouse on a flat surface. That is, you don't need to point it at the screen or hold it in the air or touch it to the monitor. Just move it around on a flat, smooth surface.

  • The mouse cord should be facing away from you.

  • Keep one finger positioned on the end of the mouse where the cord connects. The end of the mouse is considered the mouse “button,” even though you don't see an actual button. Now, if you have a mouse with an actual little button in the middle, like the one shown below-right, that is not the mouse button! Odd, isn't it? The thing that actually looks like a button is a “scroll wheel” that you can use when you get to a web page to move around the page.

    When a direction tells you to “click” on something, that's when you'll push the front end of the mouse down, the end near the cable. You will hear a “click” sound when you push in the right place.

  • If your mouse has two “buttons,” one on the left and one on the right, always use the left button unless I specifically tell you to use the right one. A two-button mouse almost always has the scroll wheel mentioned above.

  • If you have a laptop that uses a trackpad instead of a mouse, see page 22.

  • A mouse pad is a flexible little mat that helps gives your mouse traction, but it's not required. There's nothing magical about a mouse pad that makes a mouse work—you can use your mouse without any pad if you like.


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