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    right-click (Word 2k SR-1)

    I teach a group of seniors and one of the questions I am asked often is When do I know when to right-click or to left-click. Just wondering if anyone has a good definition.

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    Re: right-click (Word 2k SR-1)

    I'm not sure there is a workable universal rule on this, but here's my take:
    <UL><LI>Left-clicking will execute the "default action" for what you are clicking. The default action depends what what is being clicked. A file name might be selected (highlighted), a button might be pressed, a checkbox might be filled in or cleared, and a hyperlink might be activated.

    <LI>Right-clicking usually retrieves a shortcut or context menu that gives you options for action or more information. These menus also are specific to what you click (although in many cases, no menu is available and right-clicking doesn't do anything). If the menu contains a bold entry, that is the default action that would have occurred if you had left-clicked the object. A right-click-drag may product a menu (e.g., when working on the Desktop or in a Windows Explorer window).

    <LI>Some programs may assign other functions to the right-click button, and these can't be predicted from the way Windows generally works.

    <LI>Naturally, for those who switch the operation of their mouse buttons, the above will be reversed.[/list]Hope this helps.

    Special Added Bonus: It is especially confusing to explain that after you right-click to display a menu, you left-click the menu item you want to execute. If everyone remembers "right = display" / "left = execute" it sort of makes sense. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: right-click (Word 2k SR-1)

    "If everyone remembers "right = display" / "left = execute" it sort of makes sense" is what we use at the SeniorNet Class room here in the Seattle area.

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