Right-click tips for Office and Windows
As Apple’s share price and prestige has soared, it has become even more fashionable to berate Microsoft for its lack of vision and kludgy software.
But one thing the company does exceedingly well is support its Office and Windows products with extensive tutorial and productivity-enhancing materials. A recent tweet from Microsoft’s UK Small Business team alerted us to a handy blog post about right-click mouse shortcuts for Windows itself and Office applications. Since there are still an awful lot of us out here who use these programs, we thought it was worth passing on a few of the highlights.
As a mouse user, you’ve probably noticed that there’s more than one way to click it. Your index finger is the primary command trigger, but there’s a secondary click you do with an outer finger, known for right-handers as a “right-click”. For left-handers it would it’s a left-click, but for the sake of convenience, we’ll refer to it in this article as right.
Long ago, in our guide to Excel navigation tips, AccountingWEB.co.uk members spread the word about the CTRL+C and CTRL+V keyboard shortcuts for cutting and pasting. But in almost any Windows application you use, a right-click will offer up a handy menu of shortcuts ready for you to choose a suitable option. Right-click menus are context-sensitive and will change according to where you are in a program and what you’re doing. Here are some for you to explore.
- Formatting options
- Right-clicks with files
- Right-clicks with the taskbar and desktop