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Mouse Tricks

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by DNeurococo, Nov 28, 2001.

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  1. DNeurococo

    DNeurococo Thread Starter

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    I have a "Compaq" three button mouse (well, two buttons and a wheel). Running Window'98 (I'll never upgrade if I can help it!).

    I'm sure someone will call me a dummy for not knowing about this sooner, but I accidently discovered something. If I press down hard on the wheel, the cursor changes to a circle with an arrow up and arrow down. Moving it slightly will automatically scroll up or down - - hands free, until you stop it. Neat!

    Call me dumb, but I never knew about this. Just discovered it by accident, and I've had this thing for years. Any other mouse tricks out there? :)
     
  2. GoneForNow

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    OK, your dumb! :) Sorry, just couldn't resist. You might want to head over to Compaq or if you can determine who actually manufactured the mouse (Microsoft/Logitech for example) their web site and look for updated drivers. Many times the drivers have added features for the scroll wheel.
     
  3. Mulderator

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    Get an optical mouse that, in addition to the scroll wheel, has a left/right click button on the side. It used to be expensive, but now you can buy knock-offs for 20 or 30 bucks (the benefit of a capitalist society and competition there, DN!). I love that I can just left or right click from my mouse to go back and forth through web pages simply by clicking the buttons rather than moving the mouse to the back and forward arrows.
     
  4. deuce

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    Ok....................... YOU'RE DUMB... :D :D Ok sorry... but ya hafta ta admit... it's kinda obvious. When I dug my scroll mouse outta a box 2 years ago that was one of the first things I noticed. Didn't it strick your interest what the "scroll" feature on your "scroll mouse" was? Oh well... I have seen threads started by several people mentioning the same thing with people replying saying the same thing... so apparently you are not alone and a lot of people have been discovering that lately...

    Anyway Mulder... I never new about the side button things... I have been holding off on my optical mouse waiting for logitek to come out with the cordless optical and now that they have (well a few months or so now) I am going to get one. I never new about that trick though so that makes me excited... :D I should get it tomorrow... :D :D
     
  5. DNeurococo

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    Well, I am not exactly on the cutting edge of technology. I usually have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future (i.e. the last kid on the block to still have vinyl records, etc.)
    I was still used to the 2 button mouse, so I assumed the "scroll" just meant you have a wheel that scrolls when you physically turn it!

    It doesn't help that instructions are all loaded on disk nowadays, instead on being printed on hardcopy. I HATE reading things off of a monitor (especially long pieces), and I'm too lazy to print it out myself, so it usually goes unread, until I search for a particular piece of information.

    What I really would like to get is a foot-controlled mouse, so that I could keep my hands on the keyboard. An alternative would be a pop-up virtual keyboard that would allow me to type in things by doing "hunt and peck" with the mouse. For some reason, I hate going back and forth between mouse and keyboard. Once I have my hands on one, it seems to break the "flow" to have to switch.

    P.S. I have a "Logitech" mouse - - it's written right on the damn thing. Now THAT'S the way to do it properly, none of this BS about having to go to a web site, or click on 5 different menues, just to identify what you've got!
     
  6. littlemar

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    This was on another thread but thought it was something you could use.:D :D :D

    Mary
     

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  7. Codemaster

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    Yeah. Cool pic.

    DNeurococo, what are vinyln records?

    I would love to have a mouse with buttons on the side to switch pages and I agree with Mulder, I think it was. I hate to have to move from page to page with the mouse. If your like me you have about 11 programs running. Cool.
     
  8. GoneForNow

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    DN----Well lets try and pull you forward a little more from a technological standpoint. First, there are many shortcuts you can learn for use on your keyboard which will cut down on the number of times you have to use the mouse. If anybody here knows a site that has them listed please post, otherwise to long for me to post.
    Second, take a look at some of the keyboards put out by Microsoft and Logitech. Many of them now have common mouse functions and shortcut keys on the keyboard itself. They are very effective in allowing you to keep your hands in place without having to reach for the mouse. Depending on how many whiz-bang features you want you can keep the cost under $75.00.
     
  9. Mulderator

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    DN said:

    Like all the those socialist countries of which your so fond! ;)
     
  10. anglin_fool

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    This was just posted on Tips & Tricks "Reading Through Long Random Diss....." You can increase the size of the font by holding down the Control key and rollong the wheel.


    See, you do learn something at this website!
     
  11. Mulderator

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    Here's the mouse I use.

    <img src="http://forums.techguy.org/attachment.php?postid=285379">

    I paid $19.00 for it and I just checked on http://www.pricewatch.com and it was $14.00. Here it is for $19:

    http://www.1stclasstech.com/futpow4dopmo.html

    I wouldn't buy it online, though, because the first one I had didn't work right and I took it back and got another one. I mean for $19, we are not talking about top quality here. However, the 2nd one I got has worked just fine. A comparable Logitech or MS Mouse would cost at least $40 bucks. Here is the Future Power web site where you can find a dealer:

    http://www.futurepowerusa.com/products/opticalmouse.htm
     

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  12. DNeurococo

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    littlemar - That mouse sure had a lot of ribs!

    codemaster - "DNeurococo, what are vinyln records?" I'll bet you damn punk kids don't know what carbon paper is either!

    GB - Keyboards with mouse functions? You're not talking about a keyboard with a built-in trackball are you? Unless you can reach the "mouse substitute" without taking your fingers off of the "home" keys, I don't want it!

    Mulder - I let your remark about "competition" keeping things cheap go by, but your latest comment about socialist countries has finally provoked me. (Now I know why all of these discussions wind up as political!). First of all, I bet people like Bill Gates really LOVE competition, don't they? That slimeball has managed to pull an "O.J." and escape going to jail for anti-trust violations, like he should have!!!! Also, don't forget that it was a socialist country that beat the US into space (in fact, they beat the US in several "firsts" in space exploration). And don't forget that we wouldn't even HAVE a web if it weren't for GOVERNMENT spending (it was derived from "DARPA" research). It didn't come from Bill Gates, or your sacred "market".

    anglin_fool - Actually, that was one trick I DID know about (but I had forgotten about it). Thanks for the reminder! I first learned about it on this site (this is a great site!). The thing is, once you start fiddling with the font size, you go into a "twilight zone" - - that is, how do you get back to the way it was before you started screwing around (other than shutting down!)? I guess you can estimate by the way it looks, but I want to be exact!

    P.S. Why do they call it an "optical" mouse (does the mouse wear glasses?).
     
  13. GoneForNow

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    DN----Just jump into your car and burn a little fossil fuel over to CompUSA and take a look at the keyboards. Don't buy it there (if you decide you like what you see) hop back onto the net and save 30 to 40 percent.
    I have the Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro. It has a row of keys along the top which allows me to access my email program, web browser, volume button, back/forward buttons, favorites etc etc. I don't know how long your fingers are so you might be able to hit these buttons from the home keys. :)
     
  14. deuce

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    One short cut I use often is the "space bar". It pages down a whole page in IE and is useful on some of the 40+ page threads here in the random discussion...
     
  15. Toddles18

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    My favorite recently discovered keyboard short cut is for typing in web address. Say you want to go to http://www.google.com, just type in google, and hit ctrl-enter. My other favorite is holding the shift key while clicking a link, this will automatically open the link in a new window. :cool:
     
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