Conventions Used in This Book
This book is not a philosophical work on the theory and value of writing software. In my house, that kind of book would be a doorstop.
No, this book is a hands-on, get-to-work teacher on the page. So, to try out any of the actions described, you have to get your hands on the keyboard and mouse (or trackpad).
With that in mind, you need to have a few skills:
Clicking: You need to know how to click, double-click, and right-click with your mouse or trackpad. Right-clicking opens up a whole new world of contextual menus that apply to whatever you’re working on. Also called a secondary click, you can Control-click on the Mac if your mouse isn’t set up to right-click.
Drag and drop: You’ll be dragging things around a lot in this book — but I promise nothing heavy. Dragging is accomplished by clicking an object and holding the mouse button down while moving the pointer on the screen. You drop by letting go of the mouse button.
Don’t know how to drag with a trackpad? While hovering the pointer over the selected items, click the trackpad and hold it down while using another finger to drag the items where you want them to go. (I usually click with my thumb and drag with my index finger, but use whatever feels comfortable to you.)
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