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Don’t Touch That Mouse

Posted By On November 22, 2004 @ 11:33 AM In Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks | Comments Disabled

Q:
Can I right-click without my mouse?

A:
If you are a good typist, you probably find it annoying to hop constantly between the keyboard and your mouse. I find it irritating and I’m not even that great of a typist! So, here are a couple of ways to help keep your fingers safely at the keyboard.

Here’s a trick for generating a “right-click” from your keyboard. Make sure your cursor is where you want it and hit Shift+F10 at the same time. You can then use your arrow keys to select the menu option you need (hit Enter once you have made the selection).

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Since the most common task for a right-click is to copy a selection of text (something normally done with a mouse), it would appear that the above tip is fairly worthless. However, I wouldn’t put in a tip like that, now would I??

To make the above tip more useful, you’ll need to know how to select text with your keyboard. Fortunately, that’s easy enough; just use your arrow keys while holding down the Shift key.

Who needs a mouse anyway??

~ Steve


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