As part of our ongoing series of tech terms you need to know, I’ve got 20 terms to do with motions you make like clicking or scrolling. You may be familiar with them or there may be some terms in there that you hear tossed around a lot, but were too afraid to ask what they mean. Here’s the list:
Left-click – Clicking on the main mouse button in a typical mouse set up, usually using your pointer finger.
Right-click – Clicking on the alternate mouse button in a typical mouse set up, usually using your middle finger.
Double click – Quickly tapping twice on the left mouse button. This usually opens a file or highlights a single word.
Triple-click – Quickly tapping three times on the left mouse button. Allows you to highlight all text in a row.
Scroll – To move down a screen or window. This can be done either using the bar on the side of the window or by using your mouse wheel.
Drag and drop – Using your mouse to hold onto a file, and while holding the mouse
button, moving it to a new location
Delete – To erase characters or files. Can be done using the backspace key or the delete key on the keyboard, or using the right click button on the mouse.
Undo – To erase the last changes made to a document or file. You can use the keyboard
shortcut Ctrl-Z or Command-Z (on a Mac) to undo.
Redo – To redo a change you may have made using the Undo command. You can use a
keyboard shortcut of Ctrl-Y or Command-Y to redo.
Highlight – Usually done by dragging the mouse over text or an image so that is it
highlighted in colors, typically blue or black.
Copy – To highlight or select data and save it to a virtual clipboard. This keeps a copy in
the original location, as well as where it is moved to. Copy is usually followed by the paste command. You can use a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl-C or Command-C (on a Mac) to copy, or use the right-click mouse menu.
Cut – Similar to copy, except after it is moved to the clipboard, it is removed from the original location. You can use a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl-X or Command-X (on a Mac) to copy, or use the right-click mouse menu.
Paste – Allows you to place what you have copied or cut to the new location from the virtual clipboard. You can use a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl-V or Command-V (on a Mac) to copy, or use the right-click mouse menu.
Tap – On touch screens, similar to a left click.
Swipe/flick – On touch screens, moving your finger/stylus up or down to scroll through your options or the screen.
Press and hold – On touch screens, holding your finger/stylus down on an item to open an additional menu or options, similar to a right click.
Zoom in – To magnify text and images currently open on the screen. On Internet browsers, you can use Ctrl and + key. On a touchscreen, spread two fingers apart.
Zoom out – To make text and images smaller of to see more of the screen at one time. On
Internet browsers, you can use Ctrl and – key. On a touchscreen, pinch your fingers together.
Rotate – To turn an image or file so that the orientation changes.