Thursday, February 23, 2017
Here are some tips on "mousing" around:
- Ever notice how tiny the
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
. Or conversely, untick it. This is true of most
good websites anymore.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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
- 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.
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".
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
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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