How to Make My Wireless Optical Mouse Work

By Brandon Pierce

Connecting a wireless optical mouse is easy. The freedom from cords is the main advantage of a wireless mouse. Optical is a plus as well. Optical uses a laser bounced off the surface below the mouse to record its movements. With less mechanical parts to worry about, an optical mouse generally lasts longer than a conventional mouse with roller ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless optical mouse
  • Computer with available USB port
  • Batteries
  • Drivers

Getting the Mouse Ready

Step 1

Turn the mouse over and look for a button to release the battery compartment. If not obvious, consult the owner's manual of the mouse for clarification.

Step 2

Install the battery. Consult the graphics inside the battery compartment to make sure it is inserted correctly. The positive and negative terminals of the battery must match the graph in order for the mouse to work.

Step 3

Replace the battery cover and turn the mouse right side up.

Connecting the Mouse to the Computer

Step 1

Find the USB dongle that should be included with the mouse packaging. Insert this into an available USB port on the computer. This device is how the wireless mouse communicates with the system.

Step 2

In most cases, the mouse is recognized automatically. Move the mouse around to see if the pointer on the screen moves. If not, connect another mouse for the time being to make installation easier.

Step 3

Install the drivers from the CD-ROM provided with the mouse. Insert the CD into the drive. It should automatically come up with options to install the mouse driver. Follow the instructions. The mouse should function once the installation is finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the driver CD-ROM is not available, most mouse drivers can be found on the Internet. Use a search engine to search for the manufacturer. There should be a link on their website for drivers.
  • Your mouse might require syncing in some cases. There is usually a button on the bottom of the mouse to sync. Simply press the button if the mouse is not functioning. Not every mouse includes this feature.