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The mouse button conventions are as follows:
Left mouse button – The button on the left side of a mouse device. The left mouse button is frequently used for selecting, activating, pressing buttons, and so on. When you are told to click, click with the left button.
Middle mouse button – The middle button of a mouse device. On many mouse devices with a scroll wheel, the scroll wheel can be pushed down for a middle mouse button click.
Right mouse button – The button on the right side of a mouse device. Often, this button displays a context menu for the object under the pointer.
Some mouse devices lack a middle button. If you have a two-button mouse device, then the system might be configured to use chording to enable middle button simulation. If chording is activated, press the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously to simulate the middle mouse button.
Use the Mouse preference tool to reverse the orientation of the mouse device. You will then need to reverse the mouse button conventions used in this guide.
With the Mouse preference tool you can determine the following settings:
Configure your mouse for right-hand use or for left-hand use
Specify the speed and sensitivity of mouse movement
Configure mouse accessibility features
Choose System -> Preferences -> Mouse to display the Mouse Preference tool.
Use the General tab to specify whether the mouse buttons are configured for left-hand or right-hand use and configure the speed and sensitivity of your mouse.
The following table lists the general mouse preferences that you can modify.
Table A-1 Mouse Button Preferences
Use the Accessibility tab to configure accessibility features that can help people who have difficulty with exact positioning of the pointer or with pressing the mouse buttons:
Open a contextual menu by clicking and holding the primary mouse button. This setting is useful for users that can manipulate only one button.
Perform different types of mouse button click by software. This setting useful for users that are not able to manipulate any buttons. The types of click that can be performed are:
Single click – A single click of the primary mouse button.
Double click – A double click of the primary mouse button.
Drag click – A click that begins a drag operation.
Secondary click – A single click of the secondary mouse button.
The following table lists the mouse accessibility preferences that you can modify.
Table A-2 Mouse Motion Preferences
The mouse buttons perform the following actions.
For example, when viewing files in the File Manager, you can select a file by clicking the left mouse button and then open it by double-clicking with the left mouse button. Clicking with the right mouse button displays a context menu for that file.
Note - In most applications, you can select text with your left mouse button and paste it in another application using the middle mouse button. This process is called primary selection paste, and works separately from normal clipboard operations.
To select more than one item, you can hold the Ctrl key to select multiple items, or hold the Shift key to select a contiguous range of items. You can also drag a rectangle in the empty space around items to select several items.