Manuale d'istruzioni - Pizzicato 3.6 IT010 - Revisione del 14/11/2012

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The mouse

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What is the mouse? [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

The mouse is a small object attached to your computer or your keyboard by a cable. Its structure is made to easily slide on a plane surface, next to your keyboard. In its lower part, it has a small ball which makes it possible to collect the changes of position.

When you slide it from left to right or backwards and forwards, the ball collects your movements and transmits them to the computer through the connecting cable . The computer then interprets these movements to move a small picture on your screen. This picture is called the mouse cursor. Most of the time, it is represented by an arrow, but according to the context, it can have various appearances:

If you move the mouse to the right, the cursor follows your movement and moves to the right of the screen. The same principle applies for all directions. You need to hold the mouse in the correct direction, with the connection cable most distant from you.

Take care to have sufficient place beside your keyboard to handle the mouse. By moving it, you can bring the cursor to any place on the screen. If you are not yet accustomed to it, train yourself to move the cursor and to bring it to various precise locations on the screen. It is important to control the moving of the cursor well, because much of the operations will be carried out using the mouse. It is not difficult, it is a simple matter of habit.

Buttons of the mouse [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

On its upper part, the mouse has one or more buttons. When it has several buttons, it is usually the left button that is used by most programs. The right button, when present, is often used to reach a contextual menu, i.e. a list of actions related to the location where you clicked.

For the Mac version of Pizzicato, if the mouse only has one button, when you are asked to use the right button in the manual, you can use the single button of the Macintosh mouse while holding down the "Option" (or "ALT") key of the Macintosh keyboard. It is the key located on the two sides of the space bar, between the "Apple" key and the "CTRL" key.

By pushing or releasing the button, you can carry out the most various operations, according to the location of the cursor at that time. Four types of operations can be carried out with the mouse:

  • point
  • click
  • double-click
  • click and drag

Here is a description of each operation. Be certain to understand them well, because they will very often appear in the manual.

Pointing [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

This operation simply consists of placing the mouse cursor at a precise location of the screen. It is important to know that the active area of the cursor is its point. If you are asked to point a small square, you should thus place the mouse in such a way that the point of the cursor is inside this square:

Correct                   Not correct

This operation of pointing is preliminary to the other operations. It is first necessary to place the cursor at the good location before starting another operation.

Clicking [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

It is the most current operation. You press the button and release it immediately, without moving the mouse between the two.

When you are asked to click on (or in) an item, it means that you must first point this item with the cursor (by moving the mouse) and then push and release the mouse button.

The action to push and release the button is called a click. According to the type of the clicked item, the action will be different. It is often used to carry out a choice or to execute an action. We will later study the types of graphical items that you will run into.

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As its name may indicate it, one executes two clicks one after the other, at the same location (without moving the mouse between the two) and without waiting between the two clicks. On average, this time between two clicks will not exceed half a second. If you wait too long between the two, your action will be interpreted as two simple clicks and not as a double-click.

The 4 actions must follow one another quickly:

  • press the button,
  • release the button,
  • press the button,
  • release the button.

The mouse should not be moved between these 4 operations otherwise the double-click will not be valid. When you are asked to double-click an item, it means that you must first point this item with the cursor (by moving the mouse) and then execute the 4 actions given above. When you execute a double-click that does not produce the expected effect, it means that you either execute these 4 operations not fast enough or you move the mouse during the operation. Train yourself!

This operation is called a double click. According to the type of the double-clicked item, the action will be different. It is often used to open a graphic element and to see its contents.

Clicking/dragging [Base] [Principiante] [Professional] [Notazione] [Composizione Base] [Composizione Pro] [Percussioni] [Chitarra] [Coro] [Tastiera] [Solista]

This operation makes it possible to move a graphic element on the screen. The principle is the same as moving an object on your desk: you seize it, move it to another location and put it down. With the mouse, the operations become:

  • point the graphic object on the screen with the mouse,
  • push and hold down the mouse button (= seize the object),
  • drag the mouse to another location (= move the object),
  • release the mouse button (= release the object).

The time that goes by between these operations is not important. You can take your time to move the mouse before releasing the button.

When you are asked to click and drag an item, it means the four operations given above. The word "click" can also be omitted and you will simply be asked to drag an item from one location to another.

This operation is used to move graphic objects on the screen, to change the size of a graphic object and to select a choice among several available actions or options.


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