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Keyboard, Window, and Mouse Terminology and Functionality

  • Window. Any framed screen that appears on the interface.
  • Cursor. The symbol marking the mouse position that appears on the workstation interface. The cursor symbol changes; for example, in most cases, it is represented as an arrow; in a user-input field, the cursor symbol is represented as a vertical bar.
  • Click. Refers to single clicking (pressing and releasing) a mouse button. Used to select (highlight) items in a list, or to press a button in a window.
  • Double-click. Refers to two, quick clicks of a mouse button.
  • Highlight. The reverse-video appearance of an item when selected (via a mouse click).
  • Pop-up menu. The menu displayed when right-clicking in or on a specific area of a window. Move the cursor and click the mouse button to make a selection.
  • Pull-down menu. The Main Window window menus on the tool bar. Move the cursor and click the mouse button to make a selection.
  • Radio button. An indented or out-dented button that darkens when selected.
  • Check box. A square box inside of which you click to alternately check or uncheck the box; a check mark symbol is displayed inside the box when it is “checked.” The check mark symbol disappears when the box is “unchecked.”
  • Navigation. When you type text into a field, use the <Tab> key or the mouse to move to the next logical field. Click inside a field using the mouse to move directly to that field.

    Gray or Grayed-out. A button or menu selection is described as gray or grayed-out when it is inactive or inaccessible.

    Note: In the documentation, mouse button means left mouse button unless otherwise stated.

Modified: 2016-11-08