Adding power to your Macintosh Desktop

The Unix Mouse

It's a very good idea to get a 3-button mouse. Here's why.

The Mouse in Unix uses 3-buttons. The left button is the Select button. Essentially everything you do is done with the left button. The right button is the Menu button. Holding down the right button over any window or part of a window, or even the desktop background, will give you a context-dependent menu. The Center button is the paste button. If you select a block of text in one place, you can move the cursor to another place, press the center button, and the selected text will be copied into the new location. This is sometimes a DANGEROUS button, because it is very easy to accidentally select and past a large block of text! On some mice, the center button is also a wheel that can be used for scrolling.

Note: Some mice  are two-button mice. You can emulate the third button by holding down both buttons at once. Sometimes tapping the gap between the two buttons also works.

Add a Terminal Launcher

In the finder, go to Applications/Utilities and find Drag this app to the Dock.

If the newuser script worked, the Unix prompt will include the name of the computer, plus the path to the current working directory ed. /Users/dale. As you move from one directory to another using the 'cd' command, this path will change to display the current directory.

Although most BIRCH applications are launched from BioLegato, it is often useful to be able to run programs from the Unix command line. You will find the Terminal window a powerful addition to your toolkit.


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