Questions tagged [mouse]

Questions relating to the use of the common pointing device.

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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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Are there any recent studies of the "Keyboard vs Mouse"-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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Should double click be avoided in web applications?

I find that double click is a great gesture that could be successfully used in graphical interfaces but for some reason has negative connotation on the web. Should it be avoided at all costs?
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How Many Clicks for Given Action?

I am designing a web app in which people can come in and rate "objects" and comment on them. I know that the easier it is for the user to perform the main activities the better, but I was wondering if ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Why did the mouse beat the light pen, paddle, and other pointing devices?

I recently watched the mother of all demos from 1968 which did an excellent job of showing how computers can be personal. Something that stood out to me was the mouse. This device has remained ...
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Who created the Mac Mickey pointer cursor?

I just found out why the mouse cursor is slightly tilted*, and asked myself why the pointer cursor is a little Mickey hand. Do you guys know why is it like this and who invented it? Related Question: ...
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Should web mega-menus that open OnClick close OnClick or Mouseout?

I have been doing some research on this site regarding whether a mega menu on a web site should activate/deactivate via hover or click. I found a question with good answers regarding actuating the ...
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Is there any research into the cost of switching between using a keyboard and a mouse?

My intuition and own experience tells me keyboard shortcut keys can be faster than using the mouse. However, some tasks like browsing the internet or a folder hierarchy truly benefit from using a ...
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So how big is the mouse pointer?

In the research of creating a design standard for touch applications, the size of the average finger pad comes up as an important figure (1cm x 1cm) But what about the interaction method we have been ...
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Why have two mouse buttons when one is sufficient?

Alternatively, why have only one mouse button when you can fit two into the same space? This is a question that a friend asked me during one of those silly Mac vs PC arguments that still happen for ...
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When is it a good idea to perform actions on mouse-down *as opposed to click/mouse-up*?

I've grown used to the GUI paradigm of pre-select on mouse-down, action on mouse-up. In fact, I rely on it, sometimes canceling an unwanted action after mouse-down by dragging outside of the click ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Multiple Monitors and screen corners

Most people in my workplace have multiple monitors with the primary monitor being to the left of the secondary one, and I have noticed that they have trouble closing applications. Generally, the ...
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Easiest cursor move?

In relation to making a pie-menu. I've tried finding research on this, but to no avail. My reasoning is this: Put the most used features at the easiest places (although putting opposites.. opposite ...
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What's the term for imprecision in mouse and touchscreen clicking?

I've noticed in some tasks that require very fine precision with the mouse, that the act of physically clicking the button is sometimes enough to move the mouse. In an extreme case, I watched an ...