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Using a Mouse for Beginners

One thing that’s often overlooked when a person uses a computer for the first time is the most basic functionality - using a mouse. It’s easy to forget learning how to direct and click a mouse, what each button means and how cursors work when we all use them so often.

For a first-time computer user, this is the first skill to master. We have two favorite websites for learning mouse skills:

MouseProgram.com - This program is a little more entertaining than some of the others and uses the image of a squirrell to demonstrate different mouse skills. Topics include “Moving the Mouse”, Left Clicking”, “Right Clicking”, Double Clicking”, Scrolling”, “Dragging and Dropping” and “Text Selection

SeniorNet.org - This website is a little more simplified, covering only “Placing the mouse”, “Clicking the mouse”, “Drag and drop” and “Drawing with the mouse”.

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