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 9  Chapter 1: What are Operating Systems and How Do They Work?
      9  Operating System Features

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The Mouse

The mouse is known as a peripheral device. It is a piece of hardware attached to the computer to make navigation within the operating system easier. They come in many flavors and styles but the basic setup is the same. The two basic types of mouse you may encounter when using desktop computers are a traditional mouse, which is operated by rolling the device around your desk, and a trackball, which is operated by using your hand or fingers to position the ball in the device, without moving the device itself. When using a laptop or notebook in place of a mouse, you will often find a touchpad device that uses heat and pressure from a fingertip for mouse control, or a mini-joystick type device placed in the center of the keyboard. As a rule, Windows configures all mice to operate in a similar fashion. The left mouse button is the “action” button, which opens menus, windows and applications. Beginning with Windows 95 the right mouse button is the “options” button that normally displays a context sensitive menu with currently available actions. Configuring the mouse is done through the Control Panel. Click the Start button, move the cursor to the “Settings” option and click the “Control Panel” item that appears. To adjust the mouse, locate the Mouse applet icon and double click it.

Figure 11: Mouse Icon

 


This applet allows you to change the behavior and responsiveness of your mouse, including the period within which a double click is registered, and how fast the cursor should move on-screen. Left-handed people are also able to reverse the mouse buttons if necessary.

Figure 12: Standard Mouse Properties

 


If the mouse has special features and functions such as extra buttons, the manufacturer will include special software and drivers to utilize these features. You will find them in the Control Panel along with basic mouse adjustments. If those features are not available and you know your mouse “should” support them, check to make sure that you have the manufacturer’s most current drivers and software installed. Figure 13 shows the updated Mouse configuration options for a 5 button Microsoft Intellimouse.


Figure 13: Example of Five-Button Mouse Configuration

 

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