Mouse Shortcuts

When learning about mouse shortcuts Mac and PC users have different options. Learn specific mouse shortcuts Windows 10 and Mac offers here.

Mouse shortcuts

Your mouse can be used for more than just clicking on buttons and web links. When working with text or using your web browser, it has a lot of extra capabilities that can help you save time. By using double-clicks, triple-clicks, the right button, and the scroll wheel, you can quickly select text, display menus, and change views.

Photo of mouseMouse buttons

If you are new to using a mouse, you can go to our Mouse Tutorial for instruction and practice.

Double-clicking

You probably already double-click with the left button to open files and applications, but you can also double-click to perform other tasks. When working with text in a word processor or email, double-clicking a word automatically selects the word. You can then copy, delete, or add formatting to the text.

Screenshot of Microsoft WordDouble-clicking to select a word

Triple-clicking

Many people don't realize that triple-clicking with the left button is a useful shortcut for making selections in many situations.

Screenshot of Microsoft WordTriple-clicking to select a paragraph
Screenshot of Google ChromeTriple-clicking to select a URL

Right-clicking

In many applications, right-clicking displays a contextual menu. Depending on what you've selected and where you click, the options on the menu will be relevant to the context you're in.

Screenshot of Windows 7 DesktopRight-clicking on the desktop
Screenshot of Microsoft WordRight-clicking in a document
Screenshot of Google ChromeRight-clicking to search for the word

If you are using a Mac computer and your mouse is not right click-enabled, Ctrl+click is usually the same as right-clicking.

Scroll wheel

You may find your mouse's scroll wheel useful in some applications (like with your web browser).

Screenshot of FirefoxOpening a link in a new tab
Screenshot of Google ChromeZooming in or out

Open a word processor (like Microsoft Word), and try using mouse shortcuts to perform the following tasks:

  1. Type two to three sentences. Select a word in your document, and change its formatting to bold.
  2. Select the entire paragraph, and change its formatting to a different color.
  3. Open your web browser. In the address bar, enter the URL of your choice. Select a word on the webpage and search for it.
  4. Go to Bing Maps. Type your location in the search bar, then press Enter. Using your scroll wheel, zoom in and out of your location on the map.
  5. Triple-click the URL to select it. Try using keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste the URL into your document. If you need to review how to perform shortcuts with your keyboard, go to our Keyboard Shortcuts lesson.