Ok, I have the idea...now I'm ready for some basics.

   All right, I'll start out as simple as possible and work my way up. You have two basic ways to tell your computer what to do; the mouse and the keyboard. Since the mouse gets used the most, we'll start there. Almost every mouse there is has at least two buttons, right and left. Each has some basic functions:

   Left click - this is a fancy way of saying you press and quickly release the left mouse button.

   Right click - yes, you guessed it; a right click means you press and quickly release the right mouse button (see, you're good at this!) In general, a right click will also act as a way to select something...in other words, you usually don't have to left click on something and then right click it; the right click alone is normally enough.

   Double click - even though it doesn't say so right in the name, a double click always means with the left button, since there's never a time you'd want to double right click. A double click is a press-release-press again-release again of the left mouse button, and you have to be a bit quick about it (if you dig around in the settings for the mouse, there's a way to allow a slower double click).

   How does it know what program to use? Every file name is made up of two parts: the name, and the extension. If you have a text file named "example", Windows would see it as "example.txt" (usually the extension is three letters, but not always - and it would be pronounced "example dot text"). The name is the part before the dot, and the extension is the part after it. The way Windows is set up when installed is to use a program called "Notepad" to open text files, but that can be changed (it's also set up to not show the extension for file types that it "knows", causing much confusion). So if you double clicked the file "example.txt" (which you would see as "example" with a text document icon) , Windows would open Notepad and show you the contents.

   Click and drag - this means you press and hold down the left button and then move the mouse. When you first click and then hold down the left button Windows realizes that whatever you're doing starts here, but there's more to come.

   Hover - This just means you stop the pointer over something for a few moments.

* - When something is selected, it gets "highlighted"...usually shown by some type of color change.


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