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Tech Tip for Writers #13: The Powerful Right Mouse Button

tech tips for writers

Tech Tips for Soon-to-be Great Writers

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I need a faster way to access menus. Is there one?

A: Yes, and you’ll love it. All PC’s have this unique mouse with both a left and a right button. The left one is for all the normal stuff, but the right one is for the most common activities performed from wherever you are–on the desktop, in a program, whatever.

If you’re trying to do something that you know should be easy, or you’ve done it before and can’t remember how you did it, try the right mouse click. It’ll drop down a menu of the most commonly-used choices. Chances are it’ll include what you want to do.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, an Editorial Review Board member for SIGCT, an IMS tech expertand a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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2 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #13: The Powerful Right Mouse Button

  1. When Mac mice didn’t have the right-click, it was one of my top 10 reasons for not wanting a Mac. Sometimes, I have no idea where to start, but the right click gives me site-specific choices. And, I learned there’s a right-click on the keyboard–it’s that funny looking key between Ctrl and Win on the right side. I didn’t know that until I tested my students on keyboard keys.

    I love learning from kids.

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