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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mouse Tips in Windows

This post is specific to Windows operating system. Mouse usage in windows is too frequent. Sometimes because of our ignorance we don't even know some hacks/tips that can reduce stress on our fingers. Here are some tips that can reduce your stress and help you to achieve some tasks using mouse within less clicks. I would like to have suggestions from you as well, so your suggestions are welcome .
Tip #1 : Copying a block of text
Whenever you want to select a block of text, if it is a small block then you can do it using small drag selection or using keyboard but if the text is too big then it is painful to drag such a big texts. In such a case you can use this keyboard/mouse combination tip to copy block of text.

  • First click on start of the block from where you want to copy. 
  • Without holding/dragging any thing simply go to the end of the text.
  • Hold shift key in key board and click at the end of the block. It selects a block of the text. 

Tip #2 : Replacing Double click 
Some people have to open folders on computers 100+ times. It must be surprising for you but its true. In our work place I see some testers who work with files and folders in their entire day. In such cases its better to have a single click option to open a folder(Just like a hyperlink). Windows has a feature to open folders in a single click.
Open My Computer  go to Tools - > Options(If you can't find tools it click on Alt + F), select Single-click to open an item radio button.(viz image below)

Tip #3 : ClipCube - clipboard history tool
It doesn't come as out of the box in windows. But this windows utility helps to keep track of your copy history. I like the way it stores previously copied texts. In many cases we would like to have more than on ctrl + c  buttons to copy two texts but it is not possible in windows. clipcube is the one of the portable windows utility that helps you to track your previous copy history. You just download this utility, run exe file and forget about it. Whenever you use ctrl + c  or copy in context menu, clicpcube stores that data in its files. If you want to check history you can open clicpcube from tray and check the history.

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