Hey Kids! Do you know what a computer mouse is? It is not like a mouse running around your house’s nooks and crannies. Instead, it is a portable pointing device that tracks motion on a surface. So, a mouse is used for dragging, dropping, clicking and hovering over icons you see on your screen. We shall learn more about the uses in this article.
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Uses of a Mouse for Class 2
Here are the uses of a mouse:
- Pointer: Moving a Mouse Pointer
- Hovering: Keeping the Cursor on an Object without Clicking it.
- Clicking: Opening and Closing Applications
- Dragging and Dropping
- Choosing: Selecting Applications
I. Pointer: Moving a Mouse Pointer
While writing this article, I even moved the mouse pointer to edit and make changes to the article you are reading right now.
It helps move the mouse cursor from one place on the screen to another. For example:
Your pointer is near the taskbar of the browser. You drive it towards the minimize button, so the application temporarily shuts down for a while. If you want to open it, you will click on the application’s icon on the taskbar, and your application will appear on the screen.
II. Hovering: Keeping the Cursor on an Object without Clicking it
You use a mouse for hovering too. You place your cursor on an object without clicking on it; let’s say you hover over the cross button, and a prompt will pop up and tell you that it is the close button by showing “Close” on it. You can also hover over some links and get the link’s content details.
Hover over this link to discover something interesting: This link can change colours!
III. Clicking: Opening and Closing Applications
One of the primary goals of a mouse is choosing an object on the monitor. You click on the item you want to select. Once chosen, it opens on your screen. One example is when you click the cross button to close the application. Another example would be when you click on Chrome, the browser opens, and then you click on the search bar to type the website you wish to visit.
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IV. Dragging and Dropping
You use a mouse pointer for dragging and dropping files. For example, when you want to shift a file from one folder to another folder, say, you want to change a file from folder A to folder B. All you have to do is drag the file from folder A and drop it in folder B. Easy, right?
See this video to understand how drag and drop works:
V. Choosing: Selecting Applications
A mouse is used for selecting objects too. You click on an application, and it opens. Let’s say you click on your favourite game to open. Your favourite game is displayed on the screen!
A mouse also has two keys:
- Right key for right-clicking. It lets you select the item you wish to use.
- The left key for left clicking. It opens options related to that particular item.
Here we conclude: A computer mouse is an integral part of your computer. You can use it for your desktop or laptop, which has several uses. Try it out on your own!
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