Mouse Basics: Left vs. Right Click

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Left vs. Right Click: Know the Difference

The standard mouse has two buttons, plus a scroll wheel in the middle which sometimes is a button. What is the different between the Left vs. Right Click?

But most mice do just two things: right- and left-click.

Left-click is often referred to as “normal-click” or “regular-click.”

Most tasks on a computer can be accomplished solely by using the left mouse button. Pressing the left mouse button seems to simulate the mouse cursor being pressed down on the screen: you can drag items or select text or open files.

A double-click is a special type of left-mouse-button click which is getting used less and less. A double-click is usually used for opening files on your computer, where a single-click is used for navigating web pages. Because so much computer is online, the double-click is declining in use.

The right mouse button is often ignored for weeks or months at a time, and it’s less understood than its brother.

Left vs. Right click graphic

However, the right mouse button is one of the most valuable tools on the computer. It’s not strictly defined as having a function which makes it hard to describe, but the basic purpose of the right mouse button is this: to give you information *about* what you’re clicking on.

If the left mouse button directly interacts with an object, the right mouse button often allows you to indirectly interact.

Right-clicking a file gives you a list of things to do with the file, or the option to see its properties. Right-clicking your desktop background allows you to modify the desktop. Right-clicking a link allows you to do other things with that link besides visiting it.

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