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How to Use a Mouse | How to Use a Keyboard
How to Save a File | How to Print

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This Web page is for anyone who is a new computer user. There are two ways to communicate with your computer: the keyboard and the mouse. We will help you learn how to use these tools.

When you use either the keyboard or the mouse, you will see what you type, select or click appear on the computer screen in front of you. These brief instructions will help you use the mouse and the keyboard. You will also learn to save a file and print.

How to Use a Mouse

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A mouse is a round plastic device with a cord attached to the computer. A mouse has two or three buttons. The mouse lets you communicate with your computer.

We will be using the left mouse button to tell the computer what to do. Remember to read all the instructions before beginning.
    Use the mouse to move around the screen.
  1. Look at the computer screen and locate the cursor. The cursor looks like an arrow pointer. Sometimes the cursor changes to look like an I or a hand.
  2. Place your hand on top of the mouse, resting your palm on the desk top or mouse pad.
  3. Slide the mouse and see where the cursor moves.
  4. Move the cursor's arrow until it rests on the gray bar on the right side of the screen. This is the scroll bar.
  5. Hold down the left mouse button and move the mouse forward and backward. When you want to stop, release the left mouse button.
  6. Move the scroll bar to the top and bottom of this page and release it when you return here.
Congratulations! You learned how to navigate using a scroll bar.

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    Use the mouse to select.
  1. Move the cursor until it rests on the underlined "Go back to the top of the page." Notice the cursor turns into a hand.
  2. Press the left mouse button once quickly on "Go back to the top of the page." This is left mouse clicking.
  3. Left mouse click again on the underlined "How to Use a Mouse." You returned here.
  4. Left mouse click on any picture or underlined link on the green navigational bars.
  5. Look at the top of the screen and find the BACK button. Left mouse click on the BACK button.
  6. Move the scroll bar to return to this part of the page.
Congratulations! You learned how to select using a mouse. Remember you can click to go anywhere you see an underlined word or phrase. Click BACK to return to the previous page.

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How to Use a Keyboard

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A Keyboard looks like a flat typewriter with more keys. Anything you type on the keys will appear on the screen if a dialog box or word processor is open.

    Use the keyboard to move around the screen.
  1. Place your hands on the keyboard.
  2. Look at the right side of the keyboard and find the set of keys that match the set of four keys just above the Arrow Keys label in our picture: arrow keys
  3. Push the down arrow key, the one pointing toward you, to reach the bottom of this screen. Each time you push, the arrow will move down one line of type.
  4. Hold this arrow key down and the arrow will move quickly down the page. The screen will move up when you reach the bottom line of the current screen.
  5. Push the up arrow key, the one pointing toward the computer screen, to reach the top of this screen. Each time you push, the arrow will move up one line of type.
  6. Hold this arrow key down and the arrow will move quickly up the page. The screen will move down when you reach the top line of the current screen.
  7. Congratulations! You learned how to move from screen to screen using the keyboard.
Whenever you need to type on the screen, place and click on the cursor where you want to begin to type.

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How to Save a File

When you use a computer, save your work if you want to use it, see it or print it again. If you do not save your work, everything you did will disappear.

    To save a file:
    File Save As
  1. Move the mouse's cursor to FILE, located in the upper left corner of the window.
  2. Left click the mouse once until you see the drop-down menu.
  3. Drag the cursor to SAVE AS and click once.
  4. Move the mouse's cursor over to the drop-down menu SAVE-IN and click once.
  5. Drag the drop-down menu scroll bar and select where you want to save the file and click on it.
  6. If you are saving to a floppy disk, put the floppy disk in the A: drive slot.
    NOTE: If you want to save to a floppy disk, select the drive marked (A:).
  7. This opens up a FILE NAME dialog box. Type in a short name for the file.
  8. Click SAVE.
Congratulations! You learned how to save your work.

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How to Print

    To print a file or a page:
  1. Check to see the printer is ready.
  2. Move the mouse's cursor to FILE, located in the upper left corner of the window.
  3. Left click the mouse once until you see the drop-down menu.
  4. Drag the cursor to PRINT and click once. This opens a Print Dialog Box.
  5. Move the mouse's cursor to ALL. Left mouse click on ALL to print every page.
  6. Move the mouse's cursor to OK. Left mouse click on OK.
  7. Pick up your copy from the printer tray.
Congratulations! You learned how to print your work. If you want to learn more, take the Internet Tour by clicking on the underlined link at the bottom of this page.

File Print

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    A Tip Before You Continue

  • Left mouse click whenever you see an underlined word or phrase for more information. You will jump to a definition in the Internet Dictionary, a topic on this page or another page.
  • Press the BACK key in your browser to return to your current page.
  • Use the scroll bar or the up and down arrow keys to get back to where you started.

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