How to Put a Mouse on Your Laptop


Mouse and keyboard are necessary input devices for laptops. Laptops are designed with a touch-pad providing the same functionality as of a mouse. Touch-pads are not ergonomically designed and are not recommended for extensive use. Also when using the keyboard for word processing, touch-pad interferes. External mouse works with all models of laptops as an alternative for built-in touch-pad. Industry standard for connecting an external mouse on all the current laptops is through USB port.

  • Turn on the laptop and then wait for the operating system to finish loading.

  • Connect the mouse to the USB port on your laptop. For a wired mouse, insert the flat USB end to the USB port on your laptop. Insert the receiver of the wireless or Bluetooth mouse into the USB port on your laptop.

  • Press the "Power button" to turn on the mouse. Wireless and Bluetooth mouse "Power button" is located at the bottom of the device.

  • Install the drivers using the software CD supplied with the mouse. Operating systems usually find and install the drivers automatically for USB devices. If you are required to install the drivers, operating system will notify you for that.

  • Click "Start" and then type "Add a Bluetooth device" in the search bar. Press "Enter." Select the Bluetooth mouse in the list of discoverable devices. Click "Next" and then click "Do not use a passkey."

Tips & Warnings

  • Install the batteries for wireless and Bluetooth mouse before connecting it to the computer.
  • Some manufactures use default passkey for Bluetooth connectivity, check user manual of the mouse for instructions on passkey.
  • Turn off the touch-pad on your laptop when using an external mouse. Consult the user manual of your laptop to find out the hot keys for turning off the touch-pad.

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