1.2 Using a mouse Level 3

1.2: Using a mouse

This section is all about the mouse and how you use it to control your computer. This section covers:

  • What a mouse is for
  • How to hold a mouse
  • How to use a mouse to select, open and move items on your computer
  • A mouse is one of the main ways to control your computer
  • Most mouse designs have two buttons – a left button and a right button
Left Mouse
Button
Scroll Wheel Right Mouse
Button
  • To hold the mouse, rest your hand over it and put your index finger on the left button and rest your thumb on the side. If you are left-handed you may find it easier to put the mouse on the left-hand side of your keyboard and use your middle finger for the left button
  • A mouse needs to be flat on a surface with the end with the buttons pointing towards the computer. Most people find it easier to position the mouse to the side of the keyboard
  • To hold the mouse, rest your hand over it and put your index finger on the left button and rest your thumb on the side. If you are left-handed you may find it easier to put the mouse on the left-hand side of your keyboard and use your middle finger for the left button
  • You only need to use the left button for this section. If you click on the right button – don’t worry. Just click on the left button again
  • When you move the mouse, it moves a pointer or ‘cursor’ on the screen
  • The cursor will change shape depending on what you are doing

Getting to know your mouse

An arrow lets you select things.
A hand lets you open a link on the internet.
A Stretch arrow let you resize windows. So you can organise your desktop.

Using the mouse to do tasks

  • You can use your mouse to do a variety of tasks – select things, open things and move things
  • To select things, move your cursor over the item, click once with the left button and let go
  • To open things click twice on the left button – think ‘knock, knock’ on a door
  • To move things, you need to ‘drag and drop’. Hold down the left button as you ‘drag’ the mouse along. Let go of the button once you have positioned the item where you want it