How to Connect a Wireless Mouse

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Insert the Batteries

All images courtesy of Lisa Johnston.

So you've decided to cut the cord and move to a wireless mouse. Congratulations! No longer will you find yourself tangled up in that pesky cord, and you've gained a better traveling companion.

Connecting a wireless mouse is easy, and the steps are outlined here using the Logitech M325 with screenshots of a laptop running Windows 7.

First, remove the cover and insert the battery. The M325 takes a single AA battery. You can see the placeholder for the wireless receiver in the same area.

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Find an Empty USB Port

Replace the cover and plug the wireless receiver into a spare USB port on your computer.

USB receivers can vary in size. Yours might be small like a nano receiver, or much larger.

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Plug in the Receiver

Once the receiver is plugged in (shown above), you should receive notification that the computer has registered the device. If you are using Windows, this will appear on the lower right-hand side of your computer, near the clock.

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Download Any Drivers

Regardless of the mouse you have, the computer needs the proper device drivers in order to use it. Windows might automatically install drivers for some mice but others will have to have their drivers downloaded manually.

The best way to get mouse drivers is to visit the manufacturer's website, but one of the quickest ways to download and install the right driver is to use a driver updater tool.

Once this has completed, your mouse should work.

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How to Customize the Mouse

Open Control Panel to make changes to the mouse, like to adjust the double-click or pointer speed, switch the mouse buttons and change the pointer icon.

If you're viewing the categories in Control Panel, go into Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers > Mouse. Otherwise, if you see the Control Panel applet icons, open Mouse.

Some mice (such as the Logitech M325 shown in these instructions) have specific driver software (seen here) that can further customize the device. For example, you can customize buttons, check the battery life and make use of the company’s Unifying Technology.