I love my mouse! Hey, don’t get me wrong!! I don’t have a pet mouse or something. I am talking about my computer mouse. Yes, I love to use my computer mouse and truly speaking it is one of the niftiest inventions among computer devices. In this first post of mine at The Windows Club, I am going to tell you about some of the mouse tricks which I often use, to make life on the computer much easier.
I have noticed that people usually use their mouse just to click open a program or document, open the context menu and to select and drag-and-drop files or folders. But the mouse can do much more.
Mouse Tricks For Windows
These tricks may not be that useful for everyone, but being a writer I often need to use them. Although, some of them are quite common and used by many people around – others are lesser known yet very useful.
1. Select Text Using [SHIFT] Key
This is one of the simplest tricks of the mouse. However you can easily select the text by clicking the left mouse button and dragging it, but this sometimes becomes inept when we want to select till a specific character. Dragging often selects the complete word and this trick helps there. I also use this trick when my mouse doesn’t drag well.
2. Select Multiple Text Pieces Using [CTRL] Key
This trick is not that common I guess. Using this trick you can select multiple text pieces in a document. Select a text piece and then press and hold the [CTRL] Key and select the next text pieces you want.
Have you ever wanted to select multiple pieces of text on a document? What do you do then? Here’s the answer. Keep the Ctrl key held while selecting text. Again, keeping it pressed, select another piece of text; select the third piece of text and so on.
I must mention here that this trick don’t work on the online pages. You can use this tricks only on your Microsoft Office documents only.
3. Select Vertical Text Using [ALT] Key
Do you know how to select the text vertically? It’s very easy, just press and hold the [ALT] key and select the text using left button of your mouse.
I must mention here that this trick too doesn’t work on online pages. You can use this trick too only on your Microsoft Office documents only.
4. Zoom In and Zoom Out
I often need this trick as my eye sight is a bit weak. I usually work on Word with a Zoomed In page.
If you also want to Zoom in your Word Document just press the [CTRL] and scroll up and [CTRL] and scroll down to zoom out.
This is actually quite a common mouse trick but I find it worth adding in my list of useful mouse tricks. If you want to close a Window just double-click on the Windows Logo on top left corner of your Window.
To maximize or restore the Window, double-click your mouse on the title bar.
You can open any link in a new tab just by holding the [CTRL] Key and clicking on that link. However just the right-click give us the options to open the link in new window, new tab and in incognito window but this trick helps you save time.
This mouse trick also is helpful when your right-click is not working which is quite a common situation with my Windows PC.
We all know that the right-click of our mouse bring up the context menu, but if you want an extended context menu just press and hold [SHIFT] Key while you click the right button of your mouse. Doing this will show an extended context menu.
This is one of my favorite and most used mouse tricks. Being a blogger and a writer I research a lot and this trick helps me opening multiple links in real-time.
I just press and hold [CTRL] key and click on the links you want to open. All of them will open in a new tab.
9. Auto Scroll The Window
While reading on the Internet, I often come across posts having long lists or long pages. I hate reading those posts because I hate keeping my fingers on the mouse to scroll deep down.
I was glad to learn this auto scroll trick. I just take the mouse cursor on scroll bar and click the center button of my mouse and the whole post gets scrolled automatically. I just click left button of my mouse, when I want the scrolling to stop.
People usually press the right button of mouse to open the context menu, but I use it to move, copy or link a part of my document. I just select the text I want to move/copy and then drag my mouse to place where I want it to be and click the right button of my mouse. I get the option of Move here, Copy here, Link here, Create hyperlink and Cancel. I select the option I want.
I am done with my list of 10 useful mouse tricks. I am sure there are much more and I am eager to learn them. If you are using any other tricks which are worth adding in my list please let me know in the comments box below.
These Tips To Use The Mouse In Windows 8 may also interest you.