How to Connect a Wireless Mouse

Cut the cord and install a wireless mouse

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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 as well. Of course, you'll have to install it on your Windows PC, but that doesn't take long. You'll soon be up and running.

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Prepare the Mouse

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Connecting a wireless mouse is easy, and the steps are outlined here using the Logitech M325 with screenshots of a laptop running Windows 7, but most wireless mice install in a similar manner,

  1. Remove the cover on the mouse and insert the battery (or batteries). The M325 takes a single AA battery. You can see the placeholder for the wireless receiver in the same area.
  2. The receiver plugs into your laptop or desktop computer. Remove the receiver from this area and set it aside.
  3. Replace the cover on the mouse.


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Plug in the Receiver

Plug the wireless receiver into a spare USB port on your computer.

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

Once the receiver is plugged in, you should receive a notification that the computer has registered the device. If you are using Windows 7, this notification appears on the lower right 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 to use it. Windows automatically installs the drivers for some mice, but you may have to download the drivers for your mouse manually.

One 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 process is complete, your mouse should work.

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How to Customize the Mouse

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

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

Some mice have specific driver software that can further customize the device. For example, you can customize buttons and check the battery life.