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Microsoft Word Mouse Shortcuts

 

There are many keyboard shortcuts that make your word processing a lot easier.  But there are also many mouse shortcuts that also can make your word processing tasks quick and easy. So for all of you mouse-a-holics, here are some of these nifty ways to use your mouse.  Some of these you may have used before, but many you may never have heard of.  Here are some of my favorite mouse shortcuts.

  

Selecting text:

  • Double-click on a word to select (highlight) the word.
  • Triple-click on a word to select an entire paragraph.
  • Click once outside the left margin to select a line of text. (Click outside the left margin and drag down to select several lines)
  • Triple-click outside the left margin to select the entire document.
  • Hold down the Control key and click on a word to select an entire sentence.

Opening Dialog Boxes:

  • Double-click on the indent marker to open the Paragraph dialog box.
  • Double-click on the vertical ruler to open the Page Setup dialog box.
  • Double-click on a tab marker in the horizontal ruler to open the Tabs dialog box.
  • Double-click on the table marker in the ruler to open the Tables dialog box.  You can also double-click on the Table Move Handle to do the same thing.  (The Table Move Handle appears in the up on left hand corner of the table when you move the cursor into the table).
  • Double-click on any of the options in the Status Bar located at the very bottom of the screen to open various dialog boxes.  When you place the cursor over an option, you will see a screen tip telling you what it is.  (To show your screen tips, click on the Tools menu and then click on Customize.  Click on the Options tab.  And finally, click on Show ScreenTips on toolbars).

Copying Text

  • First select some text.  Then hold the Control key and drag the selected text.  This will create a copy of the selected text.  This also works with images and objects.

Other Cool Mouse Shortcuts

  • Double-click on the split bar at the top of the horizontal scroll bar to split the window into 2 panes.  Double-click anywhere on the top border of the lower pane to remove the split.  (You can also click and drag these 2 locations to create a split).
  • Double click in a header or footer to edit the header or footer sections.  Double click in the main text area to hide the header/footer sections.  You must be in Print Layout View to use this mouse shortcut.
  • In the Print Layout View, click between the pages to hide or show the white space.  You can also click just below the horizontal scroll bar to do the same thing.
  • Right-click on any toolbar to display the complete toolbar list.
  • Double click anywhere in the document title bar at the very top of the screen to maximize or restore the window.
  • Click on the Table Move Handle to select an entire table.

Here are 2 more Cool Wheel Mouse Tricks.  You must have a mouse with a scroll wheel on it.

Shift & Spin In Internet Explorer you go either back or forward to previously visited websites, depending on which direction you spin. Try this - open up Internet Explorer and click on a few links. Then, hold down your SHIFT key and spin that wheel.

CTRL & Spin In Microsoft Word, Outlook Express (or Outlook), Internet Explorer and some other applications, hold down your Ctrl key and spin the wheel. It makes the text larger or smaller depending on which way you spin.  Some websites lock this feature out so it may not always work in Explorer.

For anyone who wants a different mouse experience, get the Kensington Expert Mouse.  It is a trackball mouse with optical technology.  I have used one for over 15 years on my MAC (called the Kensington Turbo Mouse) and now I use the Expert Mouse on my PC.  It works effortlessly and can be customized to make hundreds of task easier to do.  It is spendy, but definitely worth the price!

 

Check it out here at Tiger Direct the cheapest place I have found (90 bucks)

Kensington Mouse at Tiger Direct.

 

 

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