Lesson 1

Using a Mouse

computer mouse A computer mouse is important for using the World Wide Web because of the Web's hypertext environment. The mouse pointer can be quickly directed to any place on the screen giving the user maximum flexibility.

A mouse can be used in several ways:

  1. Follow hypertext links by quickly clicking the left mouse button once.
  2. Execute a command from the toolbar at the top of the screen by quickly clicking the left mouse button once.
  3. View a long document by moving the pointer to the scrollbar on the far right side of the screen (or at the bottom of the screen), and while holding the left mouse button down, moving the pointer (and the scrollbar) up and down.
  4. View the pop-up menu by quickly clicking the right mouse button once.
  5. The pointer pointer shows where the mouse is on the screen. The pointer becomes a hand hand when it is on a link.
  6. The pointer becomes an hourglass Picture of hourglass. (or stop watch for Macintosh users) while new information is being loaded onto the screen.
Go to the next page to practice using the mouse.

The mouse image used herein was obtained from IMSI's MasterClips and MasterPhotos Premium Image Collection, 1895 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael, CA 94901-5506, USA.

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