Desktop or Laptop ?What type of mouse ??...
Enable a Mouse for a Laptop
Without the ability to drag and drop and point and click, a
laptop computer is merely a desk ornament.
Most laptops are manufactured with a built-in mouse in the
form of a touchpad.
If the touchpad fails or if you just prefer working with a
mouse, it is easy to enable a mouse for use with your laptop.
Purchase a mouse that is compatible with your laptop.
You can find compatibility information on the manufacturer's
If the mouse is wireless, make sure that the USB receiver is
included, or purchase it separately. The mouse will not function without the
Insert the batteries in the mouse if you are installing a
The battery compartment is generally located on the bottom
of the mouse.
Connect the USB mouse to the USB port on the computer.
If you are using a wireless mouse, connect the USB wireless
receiver to the USB port.
Turn the computer off and then on again if you are
enabling a standard mouse with a wire.
This will instruct the computer to run the "new
hardware" wizard, which will walk you through the installation of the
mouse, and your mouse will be enabled.
Turn the wireless mouse over, and locate a small
indentation with a button.
You may need to use the tip of a pencil or pen to depress
Simultaneously press the button on the mouse and the small
button on the USB receiver.
This will initiate communication between the mouse and the
Hold the buttons down for about 5 to 10 seconds until the
light on the mouse comes on.
Test the connection by moving the mouse.
If the cursor moves, you have successfully enabled the
If not, check that you have the batteries installed.
Try pressing the buttons independently of one another.
Press the button on the receiver until the light blinks and
Press the button on the bottom of the mouse until the light
on the mouse is lit.
This should enable your wireless mouse.
Wireless Mouse to Your Computer & Laptop
Connecting a wireless mouse to your computer is a great way
to reduce clutter around your workplace. Also, it is an alternative to using
your laptop's directional pad.
Wireless mice work just as well as wired mice for most
The only detail that wireless mice lack compared to wired
mice is the DPI (dots per inch) and the frequency rate, which is essential to
the "fast twitch" movements in gaming.
However, most people do not need highly responsive mice;
therefore, wireless mice are perfect for any other computing activity other
Insert batteries into your mouse. If your mouse is rechargeable, charge it in
the docking station provided with the mouse.
Buy a wireless adapter that works with your mouse.
If your laptop is enabled with wireless technology or
Bluetooth, skip to the next step.
Install the drivers for your mouse.
Reboot the computer to apply the changes.
Power on the mouse and let the computer recognize the new
If you are using a mouse that requires software to run,
enable the mouse in the software that is provided to you.
Laptop computers generally have built-in
pointing devices such as touch pads that you can use to navigate the operating
system on the go.
However, touch pads and pointing sticks are
small and generally far from ergonomic.
At home, you might like to connect a full-sized
mouse for greater comfort.
Computer mice connect in a variety of ways, and
you should be able to find a mouse what works with whatever peripheral ports
your laptop has.
As a general rule, any mouse that works with a desktop
computer also works with a laptop.Laptops use the convenient touchpad and integrated scroll mouse that
allow you to use just your finger to navigate Web pages, documents and open
files and programs.
Just like all other hardware, the laptop's integrated touchpad
and mouse can experience errors and problems that cause you to lose
functionality for a length of time.
Whether the laptop's mouse is not working because of
internal errors or conflicts with another device, several "tricks"
can work to restore it.
Locate the function "Fn" button on your laptop in the lower left
corner of the keyboard.
Look in the keyboard's upper row (the F1 through F12
buttons) for an icon of a touchpad or computer mouse.
This keyboard button acts as the toggle switch to enable and
disable the built-in mouse and touchpad function.
Press and hold the "Fn" button together with the
mouse icon button.
Look for the disable/enable symbol that briefly displays on
Slide your finger over the laptop's mouse and attempt to use
it as normal.
Press the Windows keyboard key if using Windows 7, type
"main.cpl" in the search box and press "Enter."
Press the left arrow key to navigate over to the
"Device Settings" tab.
Press the tab key to reach the "Enable" button in
Press "Enter" on your keyboard. Press the tab key
to reach the "Disable internal pointing device" check box.
Press the space bar to remove the check mark.
Put your finger on the touchpad, and move the pointer down
to the "Apply" button.
Click "Apply" to save the settings. Close the
mouse "Properties" box.
Press the keyboard "Windows" logo key to open
the "Start Menu."
Press the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate to the
"Shut Down" or "Turn Off Computer" menu. Press the up or
down arrow key to highlight "Restart."
Press "Enter" to restart your computer and attempt
to use the laptop mouse as it should normally function.
Open the "Control Panel."
Go to the "Add and Remove" or
"Uninstall" programs section.
Highlight any secondary mouse devices in the list that you
have installed for your laptop, such as an external USB mouse.
Select the "Uninstall" option to remove any
software and settings associated with this secondary mouse.
Restart your computer and attempt to use the built-in laptop
mouse as normal.
Check to see if the mouse is working properly.
Press the keyboard's "Windows" button to open
the "Start Menu."
Press the keyboard's arrow keys, "Enter" button
and "Tab" to navigate to and open the "Control Panel."
Go to the "Hardware and Sound" section, and press
"Enter." Navigate to "Device Manager," and press
"Enter" to open it.
Find "Mice and other pointing devices from the
list" and open its "Properties" dialog box.
Select the "Driver" tab and choose "Update
Allow Windows to search the Internet for drivers and to
update them automatically.
Restart your computer after the drivers are updated, and use
your mouse as normal.