Some people believe that getting a mouse to work on a laptop must be a laborious process. However, in reality, it isn't much different than when you install a desktop mouse. This is because the wiring is pretty much the same, even if you get newer innovations (such as a USB mouse or a Bluetooth mouse). True, you might have to follow a couple more installation procedures, but if you know the basics, you'll be okay.
Look at the type of mouse you have. To date, there are three types of mice: the USB mouse, the PS/2 mouse and the Bluetooth mouse. USB mice connect with a USB adapter, which has a rectangular shape. Conversely, the PS/2 mouse uses a PS/2 adapter, which is round. Finally, there's the Bluetooth mouse, which has no external adapters.
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Plug the mouse into your machine. Now, how you do this will depend on the mouse you're using. With a USB mouse, simply plug your device into your laptop's USB adapter, which will also be rectangular in shape. For PS/2 mice, you'll need to plug it into a PS/2 adapter. Plug your mouse into the PS/2 end then plug the other end into your laptop's USB adapter. And for Bluetooth mice, no plugging is required.
Install the mouse drivers. If your mouse is not plug-and-play, you're going to need to install its drivers. To do this, insert the CD or diskette that came with your device. The installation should occur automatically.
Pair your mouse, if using a Bluetooth mouse. At this stage, non-Bluetooth mice are ready to be used. However, if you are installing a Bluetooth mouse, you must perform one additional step: pairing it to your machine. To achieve this, use your laptop's touchpad and right-click on your Windows screen. Select the option "Pair Device." From there, follow the on-screen instructions to sync your mouse with your computer.
Place your mouse onto a mouse pad. Before using your mouse, you need to place it onto a mouse pad. This should be done for all types of mice, whether they are wireless or trackball. Otherwise, movement will be difficult.