Connecting a wireless mouse: 11 steps (with pictures)

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Connecting a wireless mouse: 11 steps (with pictures)
Connecting a wireless mouse: 11 steps (with pictures)
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A wireless mouse can make your desk look more modern and neat because you don't need a cord for it. It can also make using the mouse more comfortable. Some wireless mice use a USB receiver, while others use bluetooth. This article will show you how to connect both types of wireless mice.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Connecting with a receiver

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 1

Step 1. Insert the batteries into the mouse

Turn the mouse over, locate the battery cover and slide it off. Put the correct batteries in the mouse. Sometimes you need to use AA batteries and sometimes AAA batteries. Usually, you also need to turn on the mouse by pressing or sliding the power button.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 2

Step 2. Connect the receiver to your computer

Plug the receiver into a free USB port.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 3

Step 3. Connect the mouse to the receiver

Some mice operate on the plug-and-play principle, meaning they don't require any software to work. You can just connect them to your computer. However, for other mice you need to download drivers on your computer. If drivers need to be downloaded to your computer, they will be downloaded automatically or you will be prompted to download the drivers when you plug in the receiver.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 4

Step 4. Test out your new mouse

If the cursor moves when you move the mouse, you have connected the mouse correctly.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 5

Step 5. Adjust the mouse settings

You can adjust the settings on your computer to change the sensitivity of your new mouse or do so using the mouse's software, if software came with your mouse.

Resolving problems

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 6

Step 1. Download drivers for the mouse

If you're having a hard time using the mouse and haven't been prompted to download anything, try using a search engine like Google to find out if you need drivers for your mouse. If you got a CD with the mouse, insert it into your computer to install the drivers.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 7

Step 2. Check if your USB port is working

If you think you've installed everything correctly but the mouse still doesn't seem to work, check to see if the USB port is working. Remove the receiver from the port, then insert something you know will work, such as a USB stick or your cell phone with the charger. If these devices don't work either, then the port probably isn't working and you should try plugging your receiver into a different port.

It is also possible that the USB port does not have enough power to run the receiver. If you connect a device to your computer that does not rely on the computer for power (such as a digital camera) and the computer recognizes the device, you know you have a power problem. You can buy powered USB hubs that should provide your receiver with enough power to plug it in. However, you may have to connect the hub to a power strip with this method

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 8

Step 3. See if there is a button on the receiver

If so, press that button first and then press the button on the mouse.

Method 2 of 2: Connecting to Bluetooth

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 9

Step 1. Insert the batteries into the mouse

Turn the mouse over, locate the battery cover and slide it off. Put the correct batteries in the mouse. Sometimes you need to use AA batteries and sometimes AAA batteries. Usually you also need to turn on the mouse by pressing or sliding the On button.

Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 10

Step #2. Turn on Bluetooth and find your mouse

  • In Windows 8, click Windows + C to open the charms bar, then search for "Bluetooth." The option 'Add a Bluetooth device' will appear on the left. Click on it and then choose 'Add a device'. Your computer will now search for your Bluetooth mouse. When the mouse is found, it should appear in a list on your screen.
  • In Windows 7, click "Start" and look for the "Add a device" option. Then click on this option. Your computer will automatically start searching for your mouse. Click your mouse when you see it appear on the screen. Then click on 'Next'. You will get a notification when your mouse is connected to your computer.
  • In Mac OS X, click System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Make sure you have Bluetooth turned on. If not, click Turn on Bluetooth. Your mouse should appear under the "Devices" heading. Click on your mouse under the heading 'Devices' to connect it to your computer.
Connect a Wireless Mouse Step 11

Step 3. Adjust the mouse settings

You can adjust the settings on your computer to change the sensitivity of your new mouse or do so using the mouse's software, if software came with your mouse.

Tips

  • When connecting, use a mouse with a cord. This will make the process easier and you will still be able to operate the computer should something go wrong while connecting. It's also good to have a wired mouse in case your batteries suddenly run out.
  • Some computers require a Bluetooth receiver because the computer itself may not work with Bluetooth. Simply plug the receiver into a USB port and proceed to connect your mouse by following the instructions under the 'Connect to Bluetooth' heading.
  • A Bluetooth mouse usually has a small button on the bottom that you can press so that the mouse is recognized by other computers and devices. The status LED may also blink when the mouse is visible.
  • If you're having trouble with your new mouse, consider using keyboard shortcuts.
  • Save important documents before removing your old mouse. You won't be able to save your work so easily if the mouse port suddenly stops working.

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