When In Doubt, Right-Click
Tricia’s Rule #2. You already know this, right? How many times do you do it? I am always surprised at how often this solves a problem. It works in so many applications and in so many circumstances. Basically, right-clicking gives you a context-sensitive menu. That means, it gives you a list of things you can do with whatever it is you clicked on. I’ve been working with Windows since it first came out and I still have to remind myself to right-click when I’m trying to figure out how to do something.
One thing I love about this is it makes training new staff so much easier. Instead of them trying to memorize what to do, I have them use right-click. That lets them learn at their pace and takes the pressure off on how much to learn.
Besides this downloadable article, I have Tricia’s Top Office Tips that includes an idea for right-click that is probably new to you. (Run a virus scan on the files before opening – an extra tip from me.)