Here is a review of Windows definitions, controls, tricks and short-cuts I've found helpful.
1) Click = single left mouse button click, Double click = 2 rapid left clicks in succession,
Right click = 1 right mouse button click
2) Click to set focus = set the cursor to a particular place on the page, this is accomplished
with the arrow keys or a single left mouse click.
3) Double click to select an object, item, program or page and raise it to the foreground.
4) Right click to call up a shortcut menu appropriate to the current selection.
5) Drag & Drop = You can move an object on your screen by placing the mouse pointer over it
and holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse and thus "dragging" the item
to it's new position. To set it in place, simply release the mouse button.
6) Scrolling = setting focus to a text area and rolling your mouse wheel or dragging a scroll bar
will cause the page to scroll up, down or you can drag/scroll the window content left or right.
7) Dirty mouse feet = older mice have a trackball on the bottom which interacts with small rollers
inside the mouse to cause the cursor to move. When they get dirty, the cursor appears to jump
or jam, release the ball (there is a small breach-lock cap on the mouse bottom) and clean
the ball and rollers with tweezers and alcohol swabs, otherwise, replace the mouse with the
optical (laser guided) type.
8) Creeping mouse death = If your mouse is perfectly still but the mouse pointer is still moving,
it means that the circuitry inside the mouse is headed South. Time for a new mouse or in the case
of wireless mice, try a new battery first.
9) Resize window = the upper right corner of a window has small buttons for window control, X to close,
" - " to minimize or box(es) for full screen or less. You can also drag and drop window edges and
corners for infinite adjustment. Double clicking the menu bar or top frame will resize a window.
10) Zooming = focus on page, hold down the "Ctrl" and "shift" buttons and touch "+" to zoom in step
by step, use "Ctrl", "shift" and "-" (hyphen) to zoom out.
11) If your computer always slows to a crawl when you work with it, you may be asking too much. 5
consecutive tasks (open windows) is what I've found to be the absolute limit to run and still
retain adequate performance regardless of installed memory or CPU power. This is especially true
when running resource eaters like ANY MS Office, Adobe or Auto Cad program. I-Tunes is
ESPECIALLY guilty of bleeding resources when running on a Windows PC.
12) Just like Vegas, whatever happens on your hard drive - stays on your hard drive ! The "Recycle" bin
is just a storage folder in Windows and "deleting" or "emptying the recycle bin" just moves data from
the active part of your hard drive to the un-used area where Windows can no longer "see" it . . .
Feel free to contribute YOUR Windows tips via my contact form, this page just scratches the surface.
there are thousands of Windows time savers out there so if your tip is useful AND easy enough I'll try
to publish it with a credit to YOU !