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Jim Fallon at ChathamComputer.com Helping Chatham, Ma. Residents Cure Confusion with Their Technology Since 1989!

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To Right Click Or Not To Right Click?

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Understanding when or when not to right click the mouse button seems to be a difficult one for many newer computer users. There are THREE buttons on the mouse usually. And if you don’t use a mouse and you only are using the TOUCHPAD that is on a laptop; don’t forget that the touch pad has TWO buttons, or areas of the touchpad.

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Two button touchpad
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Two invisible buttons

many people ask me what the right mouse button is for and how to use it

My answer is simple: ITS ONE OF THE GREATEST INVENTIONS IN COMPUTER HISTORY!

All hyperbole aside, it will make your computing life way way WAY easier. Just right click all over the place, you won’t do any harm at all, and you may discover some really neat shortcuts.

this tutorial is all about; right clicking, left clicking and even middle clicking

For an optimal learning experience, here are some simple video playback controls to keep in mind:

  • Pause/Play: Simply tap the spacebar.
  • Advance 10 Seconds: Press the right arrow key.
  • Rewind 10 Seconds: Hit the left arrow key.

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