Mousercise- Day 2, lesson Q2
operating system of your computer- Microsoft Windows- comes with
games installed. They vary with the different
Windows versions, XP, Vista and Windows 7. Solitaire is found on all versions of windows- and many
people using computers today got started playing Solitaire.
One advantage of Solitaire is that you don't have to be
connected to the internet to play. It is a program
self-contained on your computer. Another advantage is that
in order to play, it requires you to hone all your mouse moving
skills. When we played checkers, we practiced dragging
with our mouse. Solitaire also requires clicks, and
double-clicks for certain moves, so you are learning to
alternate between these various functions of your mouse.
This is a
model of a game board. This is only a picture. You
won't be able to make any moves.
When you open the game you
will see 3 different card locations. Your deck is in the
upper left hand corner. Below that your cards have been
dealt into a row of seven columns. In the upper right hand
corner you have the outlines of the set of 4 Home piles.
The object of the game is to move all your cards Home, each suit
in a different pile, in ascending numerical order, with Aces
low. On the sample board below, two moves have have been
made. The Ace and Jack were dealt in the first 2 columns.
The first move was to Double-click the Ace to send it
Next the Red Jack was Dragged to the Black Queen.
Your object here is to uncover the face down cards, so that you
may flip them over and use them. On this bottom row, you
may relocate cards in descending order, and they have to
alternate colors. The next move will be to drag the black
10 to the red Jack. Then I will Single Click the
two face down cards to turn them over, and move them Home or to
another column if possible. If I find a King, I may move
it to the empty column and draw another card. Only Kings
may start empty columns.
Once I have flipped all my column cards, and relocated them
where possible, I am ready to single click my deck to draw a new
card. And again, I may double-click to send it
Home, or drag to bring it to one of the columns.
You'll find once you have drawn all your deck cards a Zero
appears where the deck stood. If you single click
the zero, your used cards flip over and you may run through them
Note: Multiple cards in a progression may be moved as a
group if you drag them by the top card, e.g., if I put a red
king in first column above, I may drag the black queen with jack
over to the red king, thereby giving me another card to draw in
the last column.
To find Solitaire
on your computer, either,
Double-click an icon that may appear on your desktop,
Single-click Start / All Programs / Games /
(Remember no diagonal moves within menus.)
Once open, check the
Game Menu /
I would suggest you
as pictured here, then click OK.
In the Game Menu / Deck
you may choose an alternate deck design.
And Oops! if you make a
Game/ Undo will let you take one step backwards.
You might like to
maximize the Solitaire game for a cleaner desktop.
If you want to refer to this page again, minimize Solitaire
and you will find this page underneath.