Operating System: Introduction, Main Features of Windows 98 and Using the Mouse

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Image of Operating System


  • An operating system is a program that acts as an interface between the user and the computer hardware and controls the execution of all kinds of programs. A software which performs all the basic tasks like file management, memory management, process management, handling input and output, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.

  • Some popular Operating Systems include Linux, Windows, OS X, VMS, OS/400, AIX, z/OS, etc.

Main Features of Windows 98

  • Contains as innovation mainly detail improvements and bug fixes.

  • Extended support for the connection to networks.

  • Web optimized, networking through VPN.

  • Handles internal functions, such as managing the computer memory, input and output operations.

  • A Graphical User Interface (GUI).

  • The World Wide Web (WWW) is easily accessible from anywhere in windows.

  • Supports DVD and digital audio, so that you can play high quality digital movies and audio on your computer.

Using the Mouse

Windows 98 is designed for use with a mouse. Although, you can use the keyboard for most actions in Windows 98, many of these actions are easier to do with a mouse.

You Will Use Four Basic Mouse Actions Throughout this Course
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Use Four Basic Mouse Actions Image


Moving the mouse to place the pointer on an item is called pointing.


  • Pointing to an item on your screen and then quickly pressing and releasing the left mouse button is called clicking.

  • Perform by clicking the right mouse button, but unless you are instructed, click the left mouse button.

3. Double-Clicking

Pointing to an item and then quickly pressing and releasing the mouse button twice is called double-clicking.

4. Dragging

  • Pointing to an item and then holding down the mouse button as you move the mouse is called dragging.

  • Use this action to select data, and to move and copy text or objects.

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