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The right click

From: Computer Literacy for Windows

Video: The right click

An essential part in learning to become proficient when it comes to using a computer is learning the right-click. The term right-click refers to the button found on the right side of a mouse with two or more buttons. Generally if you are right-handed, you will click the left button of the mouse the majority of the time with your right index finger. This is the mouse's main button that lets you to select items, double click things or even fire lasers on enemies in videogames. Both the Windows operation system and most of the applications you will use have special shortcuts and menus that will appear when you click items with the right mouse button. For example in a previous movie, we saw that you can empty the Recycle Bin by opening it and then clicking the Empty the Recycle Bin button, but another faster way to do it, is to simply right-click on the Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.

The right click

An essential part in learning to become proficient when it comes to using a computer is learning the right-click. The term right-click refers to the button found on the right side of a mouse with two or more buttons. Generally if you are right-handed, you will click the left button of the mouse the majority of the time with your right index finger. This is the mouse's main button that lets you to select items, double click things or even fire lasers on enemies in videogames. Both the Windows operation system and most of the applications you will use have special shortcuts and menus that will appear when you click items with the right mouse button. For example in a previous movie, we saw that you can empty the Recycle Bin by opening it and then clicking the Empty the Recycle Bin button, but another faster way to do it, is to simply right-click on the Recycle Bin and choose Empty Recycle Bin.

You can also right-click on files to move them to the Recycle Bin. So I have just a file sitting on my Desktop, I'll right-click on it, click Delete, I'll say Yes, I do want to move it to Recycle Bin, and it's been moved there and then I am ready I can just, right click again and empty my Recycle Bin. Or right-clicking on my desktop, reveals short cuts for creating say a new folder, or personalizing the appearance of my Desktop. The point is that you should learn to try right-clicking things just to see what goodies software designers may have hidden.

Oftentimes you will find shortcuts to commands and actions that may otherwise involve navigating through several menus or dialog boxes to get to. Incidentally, if you are left-handed and need to switch the actions of left and right mouse buttons, just right-click on the Desktop and choose Personalize, then click Change mouse pointers, but choose the Buttons tab in the window that opens. In here you can check Switch primary and secondary buttons. So if you are left-handed, the right mouse button becomes the main mouse button and the left button becomes the button for revealing special menus. I am right-handed though, so I'll leave that unchecked.

So that's all I really wanted to mention in this movie, but it really is a very important concept to learn. Just take some time when working in various applications to right-click a few things and see what options might be available. More often than not, you will find and learn some great time saving shortcuts.

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Computer Literacy for Windows

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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