Wednesday, July 14, 2010

DRAGGING THEM KICKING AND SCREAMING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY! June 2010

Tech Tip # 5 (Selection Commands: Shift & Control)
About once a week you get the message that your email mailbox is full and that you need to delete email so that you can receive important emails like the “Data on Demand” Newsletter and all of those email updates from the Office of Accountability. So you check your schedule and block out the next seventeen days to accomplish this task. Point click delete, point click delete. As you lose consciousness a bright light shines on you The answer you are looking for is using your computers Selection commands to do large amounts of selections all at one time. These will be referred to Shift Click Selection Method and the Control Click Selection Method. Both methods involve multitasking and require you to use your mouse and your keyboard at the same time.
As the name implies the Shift Click uses the mouse and the Shift Key on your keyboard Shift Click allows you to select in a range of items. Place your mouse on the beginning of a list of items and left click once, not twice, like on the 17 emails you want to delete. Now hold down your shift key and go to the end of the list and while holding the shift key still down, left click on end of the list and you will get the following effect below on the left:
Shift Click allows you to select in a range of items. Place your mouse on the beginning of a list of items and left click once, not twice, like on the 17 emails you want to delete. Now hold down your shift key and go to the end of the list
and while holding the shift key still, left click on end of the list and you will get the following effect:All items will be highlighted and you can delete or whatever your heart desires.

Control Select can be used in the same way, but the main difference is when you use the shift click you get all items in the list. With Control you can pick and choose from the list to highlight or deselect as you desire. For example , if I wanted to
Select most but not all, I could shift click and then control click to get the desired effect pictured on the right.
Let the Rejoicing Begin!

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