MICROSOFT MOUSE MENU FOR BORLAND'S QUATTRO SPREADSHEET
by Lew Schatzer
This mouse menu will allow you to use your Microsoft or equivalent mouse
to access all the functions of Borland's Quattro spreadsheet program
It also allows you to simulate the complete set of functions keys
through additional pop-up menus.
To use the program, load your mouse driver then use the menu program
to load the Quattro compiled menu. The source code for this menu is
also included in the file QUATTRO.DEF.
EXAMPLE:(You type everything after the C> prompts)
C> MENU QUATTRO
Remember that the following files must be in the current directory
or in your path: MOUSE.COM, MENU.COM, QUATTRO.MNU
Once the mouse driver and menu are active, start Quattro. Then
use the mouse in place of the cursor keys to move through your
spreadsheet. Press the left mouse button to bring up the Quattro
main menu, move the mouse to scroll through the menu. Stop at the
function you want to use and press the right mouse button to select
that function. Continue through the menu tree in this way.
In other words, the left button acts as the slash key in spreadsheet
ready mode to bring up the main menu. Once in menu mode, it acts as
the escape key and will back you out of the menu tree the same as
pressing the Esc key will. If you press it once it will bring up the menu.
If you press it again it will cancel the menu. The right button always
acts as the Enter key.
Pressing both mouse buttons simultaneously while in the spreadsheet
mode will bring up the function key menus. There is a menu for
unshifted, shifted and alt function keys. They list the actual
functions and not the number of the key. For example, F1 is called
Help on the unshifted menu. These listings match the keyboard overlays
supplied with the program. You can quit any of these menus by again
pressing both mouse buttons. You can return to the select menu by
choosing that option from any of the other menus. The select menu has
two other options; DELETE and ESCAPE. These function just like pressing
the corresponding keys. DELETE can blank a cell and ESCAPE can get
you out of almost anything.
Using the mouse eliminates the need to use the Num Lock button. Just
set the keyboard up in numbers lock, go to the cell you want to
enter a figure in by using the mouse, enter the figure then move the
mouse to the next cell (in any direction). This is the same as using
the arrow cursor keys but does not require the use of the Num Lock key
each time a cursor movement is needed. As the delete key is now the
decimal point (.) key, use the BLOCK ERASE commands from the Quattro
menu or DELETE on the Function Key Select Menu (press both mouse
buttons) to blank a cell. In other words, the keyboard can stay in
numbers lock and the mouse becomes your cursor keys and delete key.
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MOUSE KEY EQUIVALENTS:
LEFT BUTTON: ACTS AS "/" KEY WHEN IN SPREADSHEET READY MODE
AND AS "Esc" KEY IN MENU MODE. LOOK AT STATUS LINE
TO DETERMINE THE CURRENT MODE.
RIGHT BUTTON: ALWAYS ACTS AS THE ENTER KEY.
BOTH BUTTONS: BRING UP FUNCTION KEY SELECT MENU. THIS HAS THREE
CHOICES--UNSHIFTED--SHIFTED--ALT plus ESCAPE & DELETE.
IN THESE MENUS, EITHER BUTTON CAN BE USED TO SELECT A
FUNCTION FROM THE MENU. EACH MENU CAN BE CANCELED
BY PRESSING BOTH MOUSE BUTTONS AGAIN.
I hope you find this program of use. If you improve it please post
your new source code on GEnie for others (including me) to use.
January 12, 1988