The 10 best mouse tricks to use on Windows PC

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16 December 2015 For Management

Lesser known mouse tricks and how to use them exactly

Most of us Windows users find simple and common uses for the mouse, such as using the left mouse button to click and select, the right mouse button to open context menus and option boxes, and the click button . a page. We don't often try to find more uses for the mouse than these, although honestly the mouse is as good as the keyboard for using cool shortcuts that save a lot of time and effort. This article shares some simple mouse tricks with you that you may or may not know, but are sure to benefit you:



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  • Shift + left mouse button to select text: We all know that we can select parts of text simply by holding down the left mouse button and dragging it over all the text we want. But a more interesting option is to left-click on the first character of the part you want to highlight, then hold down the Shift key and left-click on the last character. For example, if you want to select a piece of text starting with the word "Windows" and ending with "user", left click on "W", hold down the Shift key and left click mouse on "r".

  • Ctrl + left mouse button to select multiple items: Use the Ctrl key to select multiple items in a folder all together in the same way. You can also use it to choose small sections of text that are, for example, in different sentences of a document. To select items in a folder, hold down the Ctrl key while using the left mouse button to click on items. To select snippets of text, hold down the Ctrl key while using the left mouse button to select the desired text.



  • Select the text vertically: You can also select text vertically with the Alt key. Select the text with the left mouse button and press the Alt key to do so. This trick works on documents, but not on online web pages.
  • Move / copy items: You can select a piece of text and drag and drop it to where you want it to be. Right-click on that point. You can then choose from the options provided in the context menu, “Move here”, “Copy here”, “Link here”, to move the text to this particular part, copy it here or even link it.

  • You can also use the Shift + left mouse button to move an item elsewhere by dragging and dropping it. Likewise, Ctrl + Left Mouse Button will help you copy an item by dragging and dropping it.
  • Scroll button trick: You can use the scroll button in the center of the mouse to scroll automatically. If you are flipping through a page or document that is long and want to jump to a certain part, or you are just tired of manually scrolling, click the scroll button on the scroll bar to scroll the page quickly and automatically. Click the left mouse button to stop.
  • Open the link in new tabs: If you have multiple links that you need to open, but don't want to manually set them to open, not to mention the hassle of links opening in the same tab in some cases, you can hold down the Ctrl key and use the left mouse button to select the desired links. They will all open in new tabs.
  • To enlarge or reduce the image in Windows: You can use the mouse if you want to enlarge or reduce the screen. Sometimes, you may find small writings that the browser cannot expand or too large details that you might make when viewing a smaller version; in that case, pressing Ctrl and scrolling up will zoom in on Windows, and using Ctrl and scrolling down will zoom out.
  • Double click to close or enlarge: You can easily zoom in on a window with the mouse. Double-clicking the title bar will maximize the required window or restore it. To close a window, such as a Word document, or any application that runs with the Windows logo in the upper left corner, double-click the logo.
  • Shift key for a context menu of hidden options: Use the Shift key to expand a context menu. Hold down the Shift key and right-click to bring up the context menu. This extended version will have far more options than you'd normally have to expand the original menu for, saving you some of the hassle of having to click multiple clicks. These are hidden options that you will now have access to with just one click and pressing the Shift key.

See for yourself with a right click on the desktop with and without the Shift key.



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