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Using Right Click

The right click function of the mouse reveals an additional set of functions which can vary vastly from one program to another. However, for the point of this tutorial, we will be concentrating on some of the more frequently encountered choices.


Step 1

Go to a folder containing a file, such as My Documents. Right click the file with your right mouse button and you will see a pop up menu beginning with Open. By selecting this option with your left mouse button, you will simply open the file in the appropriate editor. This action is the same as double clicking the file.


The Send To option in the pop up menu provides further options such as sending a file to the Floppy Disk, to the My Documents folder or to an email ready to send.


Below Send To are the options Cut and Copy. If you Cut a file, it may be Pasted into another location again using the right click button in a blank space in another folder. In this instance the original location will no longer contain the file. By using Copy, you will be able to make a duplicate of the file elsewhere on your hard drive if the Paste option is used.


The Create Shortcut option will do just that. By selecting this option on a file, you will notice that a second file bearing a similar name will appear but will differ by the presence of a small arrow on the icon and the words "shortcut to." This is a quick way to access the file from another location. E.g. you could create a shortcut to the folder "holiday snaps" and place it on your Desktop to eliminate the need to navigate through a multitude of folder using Windows Explorer.


Delete will remove the file and place it in the Recycle Bin and Rename will allow you to change the name of the file.


You may notice additional options such as Print, Add to Zip or ICQ - send to user. These options will be available if certain peripherals or programs are installed on your computer. They are automatically added to the right click menu and provide the user with additional flexibility and control over your growing list of programs.


Step 2

Right click a folder and you will see the Explore option. This will launch Windows Explorer and display the exact location of the folder and its contents.


Step 3

Try the right click action in other programs such as Microsoft Word or Outlook Express and you will see a different list of options. Most are self explanatory but others are a bit more difficult to assess unless you try them first. Use the experience you have gained in the previous steps and attempt some of the options.

After a while, you will find that the right click button is one of the most valuable commodities you have on your PC!

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