#205 Right-Click Tricks

In my experience there are three types of computer users; menu people, keyboard people and right-click people. Of course, here at TOTW headquarters we welcome diversity and love all of you no matter which type of person you are. (Personally I’m a keyboard shortcut kind of guy.)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Made-up Statistics

When something is new you’re most likely to learn the menu way of doing it. Once you’ve done it enough times you’ll probably pickup the keyboard shortcut for it. But this week I want to point out how handy the right-click method can be.

Simply clicking your right mouse button where ever you want to do something will usually present you with a context sensitive menu. For you non-geeks that just means that the menu you’ll see depends on where you are and what you’re doing.when you right-click.

You’ve probably seen some of these menus, even if by accident, but maybe you paid much attention or haven’t realized how useful they can be. Right-clicking can be a faster, more efficient way to do many things without requiring you to memorize any keyboard shortcuts.

Here are a few good ones to get you started.

Microsoft Office

All the Microsoft Office programs have so many right-click menus that you may never need to use the menu options again.

For example, in a Microsoft Word table, right-click and you’ll be able to do all sorts of table formatting, directly from the shortcut menu. You can insert and delete rows, columns, and cells, add borders and shading, and adjust the width of the table.


Right-clicking is also useful when working with files & folders. For example, you can right-click a file in a folder and then click Cut, Copy, Delete, or Rename. I can even click Send To to copy a file directly to another location. Depending on the configuration of your computer the options available here will vary greatly from one person to the next.

What type of computer person are you? Are you a right-clicker? What’s your favorite right-click trick?

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