Pointer Tips

Here are some of the basics of controlling windows, something that all PC users should know.

Moving, stretching and resizing Windows

1. Moving a window, the first lesson in learning to control windows

2. Stretching windows, nearly all windows can be stretched.


3. Control the size of a window when it pops up for the first time, use this handy hint
4. A useful and quick way to maximise any window



5. Close window in top left

If you double (left) click the top left icon of a window, it will close,  if you click once, it gives you a few window options.


Mouse button confusion?

The best way to remember which button does what is, left button is ‘action’ button and the right button is ‘more options’ button.

 Action          More Options
Middle button scrolling
If you are using Internet Explorer (or Chrome, Firefox, etc) or reading an Adobe Acrobat document, you can easily scroll round it.  Move the mouse pointer to somewhere in the middle of the screen, then press down on the roller wheel on your mouse, press it until you hear the click,  the mouse pointer drops an arrow symbol. Now anywhere you move the mouse around this point, the page will scroll in that direction. To stop this scroll method, press any mouse button. If you are using a laptop touchpad, you may find this method works by pressing both left and right mouse buttons at the same time.

Selecting lots of files

Using shift – Left click once the first one file, highlighting it, now move the mouse to the bottom of the list, then press and hold SHIFT then left click the file that you want at the bottom of the selection, you will now see they are all selected

Using ctrl – allows you to select individual files, hold down CTRL and left click on an few files, and they will be selected, click the file again to un-select it.

Lassoing – with the mouse pointer at a little distance from the files left click and drag the mouse over the files, lassoing them with the box.

Renaming lots of files to the same name

This is good for pictures from a digital camera, as they often call the picture something like DSC0021, which doesn’t mean a lot.

Select the all the files you want to rename by, lassoing or using shift / ctrl. Once they are selected, right click the mouse on the first of the selected files, choose rename, the file-name will now be editable. Choose a name like Holiday Devon  (1), (its important that you add the (1) so as to denote the first in the list), when you are finished renaming, press enter/return, and all the selected files will be renamed to Holiday Devon (2),  Holiday Devon (3), etc.

Moving files

To use this method, select/highlight some text, or files, then left click and hold on the highlighted object then :

To Copy : Hold the CTRL key, move the mouse to the desired location, release the mouse button, the filed is then copied.

To Move : Hold the Shift key, move the mouse to the new location, release the mouse button, the file is then moved to the new location.

Create a short cut : Hold the Alt key, move the mouse to the desired location,you release the mouse button, Shortcut is created.

Opening a file by dragging it to a open but minimized program, on the toolbar (bottom of screen).

This is clever, i like this, and use it a lot, especially for attachments to emails.

Lets say you have composed an document in Microsoft Word and you want to add a picture to it, or you have composed an email in Outlook Express and you want to add an attachment.

So there you are looking through your My Documents and you find the picture you want to add to your composed document, you are thinking

“I want to drag and drop this file into Word but I cant see it on screen (except in the toolbar at the bottom)”

well…try this, click and hold the left mouse button on the picture/file you want now without letting go of the mouse button drag the mouse down to the toolbar over the minimized Word document (don’t let go yet)

wait a few moments as the document will then appear on screen, now move the mouse to where you want to add the picture/file, you will see the mouse pointer icon changing as you go through this process, once it has a small + next to the pointer it means you can drop/place the picture/file and finally letting go of the left mouse button.

This method is great for adding attachments to emails, opening picture files, adding music to playlists, etc….