How to Tame Your Mouse

Written by By Stephen Bucaro

Reprintable Article: Permission is granted forrepparttar following article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made andrepparttar 107877 byline, copyright, and resource box is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- How to Tame Your Mouse

By Stephen Bucaro

Does your mouse work erratically, skip and jump acrossrepparttar 107878 screen, or freeze up? Most problems withrepparttar 107879 mouse are caused by dirt or miscalibration.

Clean Your Mouse

Most mouses (mice?) work by use of a rubber ball that moves three rollers. It is very common forrepparttar 107880 rubber ball to pick up dirt and feed it intorepparttar 107881 internal mechanism ofrepparttar 107882 mouse. Tame your mouse by giving it a good cleaning.

To clean a mouse, turn it over and removerepparttar 107883 cover that retainsrepparttar 107884 rubber ball. The cover is usually circular with groves that let you turnrepparttar 107885 cover in a counter clockwise direction for removal. Removerepparttar 107886 rubber ball fromrepparttar 107887 housing, wipe it clean, and blow air intorepparttar 107888 mouse housing. Inspectrepparttar 107889 rollers to make sure they are free of dirt. Then reassemblerepparttar 107890 mouse.

Jerky mouse movement can also be caused byrepparttar 107891 mouse pad. Most plastic laminate covered mouse pads do not provide enough friction forrepparttar 107892 mouse to track reliably. Cloth covered mouse pads perform much better, although they don't last as long.

Calibrate Your Mouse

If your mouse still does not behave, check it's calibration. Select Start | Settings | Control Panel, and openrepparttar 107893 Mouse utility. Inrepparttar 107894 Mouse Properties dialog box, selectrepparttar 107895 Buttons tab and moverepparttar 107896 Double-click speed slider control to setrepparttar 107897 time between clicks that you want to be recognized as a double click.

Then selectrepparttar 107898 Motion tab and adjustrepparttar 107899 Pointer Speed slider control to your preference. Inrepparttar 107900 Acceleration section, setrepparttar 107901 None radio button, then click onrepparttar 107902 OK button.

Check The Mouse Driver

On startup, Windows loads a virtual PS2 mouse driver that is contained (along with other virtual device drivers) inrepparttar 107903 file C:Windowssystemvmm32.vxd. If another mouse driver is located inrepparttar 107904 folder c:windowssystemvmm32, Windows will load that one to replacerepparttar 107905 mouse driver in vmm32.vxd.

A second mouse driver, or other device driver may be interfering withrepparttar 107906 PS2 mouse driver. Userepparttar 107907 Device Manager to troubleshoot errors. To access Device Manager select Start | Settings | Control Panel, then openrepparttar 107908 System utility. Selectrepparttar 107909 Device Manager tab. Inrepparttar 107910 list of devices, double-click on Mouse. If there is an exclamation mark (!) or a red “X” onrepparttar 107911 mouse icon, this meansrepparttar 107912 mouse has a problem. A PS2 mouse uses IRQ 12. Make sure no other device is configured to use IRQ 12, causing a conflict.

What Is A Macro? Does Anyone Really Care?

Written by Rafael Van Dyke

Some of you have never heard ofrepparttar term “macro”; and if you have, you may not know what it means. First, we’re going to share with you what a macro; and afterwards, we’ll share with you why you may or may not need to start using them.

Inrepparttar 107876 early stages of word processing programs, macros were used to record a series of keystrokes that can be reused quickly in all of your documents. Macros were an excellent way to automate tasks that you needed on a regular basis like signing letters, recalling a paragraph used often, or setting up special page settings. When these programs came out with Windows versions, you could record mouse clicks in addition to keystrokes; Microsoft Word 97-2002 can even memorize commands whether you use a button, a menu, or a keystroke.

Sounds cool don’t it? Let’s make one in Microsoft Word. To start, go to Tools menu ~ Macro ~ Record New Macro. Give you macro a name that describes whatrepparttar 107877 macro will do; then make it a button or a keystroke by clicking onrepparttar 107878 Toolbars or Keyboard button. Your mouse arrow with have a tape attached to it to let you know that you’re recording; when you’ve done everything you wanted to save, click onrepparttar 107879 Stop button. And when you’re ready, try out your macro with your button or keystroke and it will repeatrepparttar 107880 commands that you recorded previously.

Definitely cool, right? So if they’re so cool, why aren’t more people using macros? As we mentioned before, a lot of users just aren’t familiar enough with macros to use them on a regular basis. And even if you’re a power user of Microsoft Word, most of time macros aren’t necessary because ofrepparttar 107881 new tools that are available.

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