by Kendall Callas
When you first started learning Windows, you probably learned pretty easily how to use the left button on your mouse or trackball. Point and click, as they say. But there is even more power in getting to know that other button, the right mouse button.
In essence, when you right click on a screen element, you're asking the question How can I change you? (Don't you wish this worked on your spouse?) This powerful feature works in all Windows programs. Let me show you how useful it can be in all versions of WordPerfect for Windows. (The QuickMenus shown are from WordPerfect 10.)
When you right click, a QuickMenu pops up offering a set of commands useful in your current situation. More sophisticated than its left brother, the right mouse button is context sensitive it knows what you're pointing at. And that's key to using it effectively: Point first, at these screen elements:
Right click within the body of your document for help working with text: align text (center, flush right, indent), paste text you previously copied, change font, insert a symbol, turn on spell check, toggle Reveal Codes. Right click on a misspelled word (indicated with red underlining) to replace it with a likely option or add it to your dictionary.
Right click in the left margin (just left of the text you wish to work on) for help selecting logical sections of text (sentence, paragraph, page, all), setting margins, or inserting a comment.
Aim at a toolbar and right click to change it. As an example, here are the steps to add an envelope button: Choose Edit near the bottom, then left click the down arrow to the right of File in the Feature categories pick list and change it to Format, scroll down through the Features list and select Envelope ..., click the button at upper right labeled Add Button and you'll see a little envelope icon added at the right edge of the toolbar. Click OK to finish.
You may not have been introduced before, but the Application Bar is the bottom-most row of the WordPerfect screen, and includes the cursor location indicator [Pg 1 Ln 3.36" Pos 5.5"]. (It was called the Status Bar in WP version 7 and prior.) As an example, here are the steps to add a button for today's date: Aim at the bottom row and right click. (If you don't see Hide Application Bar at the top of the pop-up menu, you missed it!) Choose Settings at bottom (Preferences in WP 6.x and 7), then find Date in the large white list of elements that can be added to the bar, left click in the box at left of Date to checkmark it. Notice the little calendar page icon added to the very bottom right corner of your screen double click it to make it readable. Finish with OK and you've got a permanent Date button that's quite useful: you'll never again mistake the date, and you never again need to type it, just click the button to insert today's date (as text) at the cursor position. (Double click in WP 6.x and 7.) Fabulous!
When you right click on a file in the FileOpen screen, the QuickMenu that pops up offers a convenient set of file manipulation commands, including open, print, delete, rename, and cut/copy (for later paste). Properties, at the bottom of the QuickMenu, can be used to set a file as Read-only useful in protecting forms and key documents.
After right clicking on a file in the FileOpen screen click Send To for some very useful features. Click Send To then Floppy for an easy way to copy a file to diskette. Click Send To then Mail Recipient to send a copy of the file as an e-mail attachment; wait a moment for your e-mail software to come up, then you'll be able to fill-in the addressee and type a message. (Send To is available in WP version 7 and later.)
(Many Send To commands may be performed on a single file, or on a group of files use Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click to select multiple files.)
By not pointing to a file, you're signaling a need other than file manipulation. So, point into the white space when you right click, and you'll get the other set of FileOpen commands: Change the View to see more details, Paste a file you previously cut or copied, or create a New folder branching from this one.
Experiment a bit and you'll learn that the right mouse button is a very useful tool that will help you manipulate the screen element you click on.
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