Last Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017

MOUSING AROUND

Here are some tips on "mousing" around:

  1. Ever notice how tiny the checkboxes or selection dots are sometimes? It takes perfect eyesight to be certain you're covering it to click on it.
        You don't actually have to click on the box or dot itself. Most often you can also click on the TEXT to the side of the checkbox and enable the checkmark . Or conversely, untick it. This is true of most good websites anymore.
  2. Checkboxes are 2way. Clicking will set them if they're unset, and clicking them again will unset them. The same is not true however, of Radio Buttons.
  3. If you're having trouble with using your mouse, go to Control Panel, then Mouse and adjust the speed of movement, whether you want to use "mouse trails" and to press the CTRL key to be shown where the mouse is on the screen. It works across the board with all programs that have any kind of checkbox.
        Personally, I find Mouse Trails to be annoying but  do have mine set for a short trail, which stays out of my way and isn't distracting to me.
  4. Although not many people use a ball-mouse anymore, the very much preferred mouse is the optical mouse. Depending on the surface you use it on, you don't even need a mousepad for an optical mouse. Personally I have and prefer a mouse wth 4 buttons. The extra two are a press of the wheel, and the second is hidden on the side of the mouse. The wheel will allow scrolling up or down of left or right by tilting the wheel to one side of the other. They are very functional, the buttons are programmable, and now that I'm used to it I wouldn't have any other kind. Of course with a laptop you may be stuck with a touchpad, but it has even more features than on my desktop's optical mouse.
       Unfortunately, I've had it with my current mouse (MS Optical Comfort Mouse 3000); it served me well for over a decade, but the wheel has gotten to mucked up it is very hard to spin it. So I've ordered an exact replacement mouse from MS for the exorbitant cost of of $8.95. I figured I'd get stung on taxes or S&H, but I had a coupon that brought the price down to $0.00! Sometimes things just work out, you know?  got it from Cyberguys.com.
  5. And lastly, the only "cleaning" necessary for an optical mouse is when dirt/grime build up around the wheel. There is no mouse nor rollers inside such as a ball mouse has. But alas, there is a limit to just how many years such a mouse will serve one! It sill still collect dust and dirt around the switches and roller so though it lasts a lot longer, it still has its limits. 
        And unless you have absolutely  no cables or clutter on the desk where you use your mouse, Wireless Mouse is just a PIA to use!  They're line of sight so anything that gets between the mouse and the receiver can stop it from working.  Infrared Mice even more so. 
  6. I do have one restriction for any mouse though: I'm left handed so it has to be usable with either hand. Just something to remember when ordering a mouse; not all are comfortable in the left hand .

Laptop touch pads are another wonderful invention but there isn't a lot to say about them: Mainly because manufacturer has different settings, capabilities, and features. Thus there isn't a lot I can say about them except that my favorite is the Synaptic support software.

    Unfortunately though, not all touchpad designs are created equal. As useful as a touchpad is there are a couple that are really crude by design. In the constant effort to improve the bottom line, many touchpads have been nearly ruined by these cheaper designs.
       Historically the "touchpad" consisted of the pad itself, plus two "buttons" that replace the right and left buttons on a mouse.  But in the "improved" (and cheap versions), there is only one "pad" area with the bottom part of it diivided to be pretend switches but are in reality just a part of the "pad".
        That means the buttons are ALSO capable of moving the cursor, as the regular part of the touchpad is, historically.  So the least rolling or slide of the finger on the "button" moves the cursor on you and there's no telling what you might have accidentally clicked on simply because you didn't keep your botton-press absolutely still as you pressed it!  My first experience with this piece of junk touchpad came on a new Dell Inspiron Laptop I purchased almost a year ago now.  The touchpad was SO irritating I sold the computer and went back to my old Dell XPS 17 L702 laptop, repaired and upgraded it, reinstalled everything from scratch, and am now using it daily, and very happily so, with Windows 10 free version, and am perfectly happy with it!  And I will continue to use it until it becomes too expensive to repair or Microsot figures out to Obsolete it as they did with Win 98, 7 and 8.  In fact, 7 & 8 now get and have for a long time been getting, all the same updates that Win 10 gets! 

    At this point I'll stop, but I may be back with further updates when MS in their finite wisdom decides to wreck Win 10 or perhaps to simply report on their further misdeeds and complete lack of respect for customers.

 

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