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Chapter 2. A Field Guide to Windows XP > Some Mouse and Keyboard Fundamentals - Pg. 15

A Field Guide to Windows XP Okay, so clicking initiates some kind of action, but so does double-clicking. What's the diff? The whole single-click versus double-click conundrum is one of the most confusing and criticized traits in Windows, and I'm afraid there's no easy answer. Some things require just a click to get going, whereas other things require a double-click. With experience, you'll eventually come to know which clicking technique is needed. Note, too, that if Windows seems to be missing some of your double-clicks, it's possible to change some settings to fix this. See Chapter 29, "When Windows Won't Work: Troubleshooting Common Problems." 15 · Right-click--This means that you press and immediately release the right mouse button. In Windows XP, the right-click is used almost exclusively to display a creature called the shortcut menu. To see one, right-click an empty part of the desktop. Windows XP displays a menu with a few common commands related to the desktop. To remove this menu, left -click the desktop. · Drag--This means that you point at some object, press and hold down the left mouse button, move the mouse, and then release the button. You almost always use this technique to move an object from one place to another. For example, try dragging any of the desktop icons. (To restore apple-pie order to the desktop, right-click the desktop, click Arrange Icons in the shortcut menu, and then click By Name.) · Scroll--This means that you turn the little wheel that's nestled in between the left and right mouse buttons. In programs that support scrolling, you use this technique to move up and down within a document. The wheel is a relatively new innovation, so your mouse might not have one. If not, never fear, as Windows provides other ways to navigate a document. I tell you about those other ways to navigate a document in Chapter 4, "Your Twenty-Minute Window Workout." Common Keyboard Conveniences I mentioned earlier that getting comfy with your mouse is crucial if you want to make your Windows XP life as easy as possible. That's not to say, however, that the keyboard never comes in handy as