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In Computer Literacy for Windows, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered. Exercise files accompany the course.
This course also includes chapter-level assessments for use as instructional aides. To download the assessments, click the following link: Computer Literacy Assessments. The file contains an assessment movie, chapter-level assessments, and answer keys.
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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