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Some Key Terms

Some Key Terms

To use Windows, you need to know the basic terminology used for common actions:

  • Point— Move the mouse on the desk to move the pointer onscreen. The tip of the arrow should be on the item to which you are pointing. To open a menu or an icon, you point to the item you want.

  • Click— Press and release the left mouse button once. You use click to select commands and toolbar buttons, as well as to perform other Windows tasks.

  • Double-click— Press and release the left mouse button twice in rapid succession. Double-clicking opens an icon. (See the next section for exceptions or changes to double-clicking.)

  • Right-click— Press and release the right mouse button once. You often right-click to display a shortcut menu.

  • Drag— Hold down the mouse button and drag the pointer across the screen. Release the mouse button. Dragging is most often used for selecting text.

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