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Lesson 2. Navigating Outlook > Using the Mouse in Outlook

Using the Mouse in Outlook

As with most Windows-based programs, you can use the mouse in Outlook to select items, open mail and folders, move items, and so on. In general, clicking selects an item, and double-clicking selects it and performs some action on it (for example, displaying its contents).

  • In addition to clicking and double-clicking, there are some special mouse actions you can use in Outlook. First, to move an object to another position on the screen (to transfer a mail message to another folder, for example), you can drag the object with the mouse. To drag an objecs<(õ a new location onscreen, point to the object and press and hold down the left mouse button. Move the mouse pointer to the new location, and then release the mouse button.

  • As another example, you can display a shortcut menu by clicking the right mouse button when pointing to an item. For instance, you can right-click a folder in the Outlook Bar or a piece of mail. A shortcut menu appears, which usually contains common commands relating to that particular item.

  • Finally, you can act upon multiple items at once by selecting them before issuing a command. To select multiple contiguous items, hold down the Shift key and click the first and last items you want to select. To select noncontiguous items (those that are not adjacent to each other), hold down the Ctrl key and click each item.


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