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Basic Computer Skills Windows XP

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8. Contextual menus

In almost every location in Windows, in every program, you can right-click somewhere and see a menu pop up. To right-click, you press once on the right-hand button on your mouse.

This pop-up menu is called a contextual menu.

contextual menu

It is called a contextual menu because the menu items vary depending on the context. For example, if you right-click on a picture on the Web, you'll get a different menu than if you right-click on a program icon on the desktop.

Exercise

  1. Right-click on something in your window and read the menu options.
  2. Right-click on something else and notice how the menu options have changed.

Contextual menus are a great shortcut to do most of the common tasks you need to do in Windows. You'll see some examples as we look at future topics in this lesson.

 

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