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To point

  1. Move the mouse on the work surface or mouse pad.

    or

    Use your fingertips to move the ball of the trackball.

    or

    Move the tip of one finger (usually your forefinger) on the surface of the track pad.

    The mouse pointer, which usually looks like an arrow (Figure 2), moves on your computer screen.

    Figure 2Figure 2 The mouse pointer usually looks like an arrow pointer when you are working in the Finder.


  2. When the tip of the mouse pointer's arrow is on the item to which you want to point (Figure 3), stop moving it.

  3. Figure 3Figure 3 Move the mouse pointer so the arrow's tip is on the item to which you want to

Tip

The tip of the mouse pointer is its "business end."

To click

  1. Point to the item you want to click.

  2. Press (and release) the mouse button once. The item you clicked becomes selected (Figures 4 and 5).

    Figure 4Figure 4 Click to select an icon...

    Figure 5Figure 5 ...or an item in a list.


To double-click

  1. Point to the item you want to doubleclick.

  2. Press (and release) the mouse button twice quickly. The item you doubleclicked opens.

Tip

Keep the mouse pointer still while double-clicking. If you move the mouse pointer during the double-click process, you may move the item instead of doubleclicking it.

To press

  1. Point to the item you want to press.

  2. Press and hold the mouse button without moving the mouse. The item you are pressing is activated (Figure 6).

    Figure 6Figure 6 Press a scroll bar arrow to activate it.


    Tip

    The press technique is often used when working with scroll bars, as shown in Figure 6, where pressing is the same as clicking repeatedly.

To drag

  1. Point to the item you want to drag.

  2. Press the mouse button down.

  3. While holding the mouse button down, move the mouse pointer. The item you are dragging moves (Figure 7). as folders.

    Figure 7Figure 7 Drag to move items such as folders.

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