Mouse and its Functions
This article explains you all about the computer mouse and its functions along with mouse types.
The computer mouse was developed and invented by Douglas Engelbart, with the assistance of Bill English during the 1960’s.
What is a Computer Mouse?
A computer mouse, also known as mouse or mice (plural) is handheld hardware, pointing device and a peripheral component of a computer.
Mouse controls the pointing cursor in a graphical interface and can select text, icons, files and folders. In addition, it can do many other tasks with keyboard key combinations.
Basically, a Mouse input or sends data to your computer desktop or a laptop that tells your system where to display the cursor of your operating system’s GUI.
For your information, a computer mouse is considered as an input device if we talk in technical terms.
[Read: List of Input Output Devices Related to Computer]
By using a mouse on a computer, it helps you to enhance work and increase user productivity.
What is the Function of a Computer Mouse?
There are many uses of a mouse while it is connected to the computer desktop or a laptop.
Here are the important functions which a computer mouse performs:
The mouser cursor is a pointing arrow which displays on your computer or laptop screen. The primary function of a mouse is to move the cursor or pointer on the screen.
The Click is the most used function of any of the mouse. It has two different click options following with left-click and right-click.
- Left-click: The common use of a left-click is to open, run, select or drag and drop the Windows objects.
- Right-click: If we do a right-click on any of the objects, it will give you additional options or explore choices for a user.
The scroll, is another important part and functions of a mouse.
There is a little wheel in the mouse that is called “Scroll” which is very useful while working on a document or a long web browser page.
Open or Run Objects
An object can be anything on your computer. For example: a file, folder, an icon and a program or an application.
You can easily open any of the above by just doing a double-click on an object or right-click and select open or run.
The Mouse also performs a select action. The Mouse lets user select the text, files, folders or can highlight by selecting them.
Drag and Drop
This is another useful function of a computer mouse.
User can easily drag and drop any of the object from one place to another computer location (within Windows) just using drag-and-drop method.
Type of a Computer Mouse
Initially, Serial port mouses were available, but the most common trend of using a computer mouse is started from Mechanical mouse.
Later on, followed by PS/2 mouse, USB mouse, Bluetooth mouse and lasted on the wireless mouse (cordless) so far.
USB, Bluetooth or wireless mice come under the category of Optical mouse
Nowadays, there are many types of computer mice are available in the market.
In addition, Touchpad, Trackball and TrackPoint is also comes under the category of a mouse. These can be found on laptops only.
Note: you can connect USB, Bluetooth or Wireless mouse to your Laptop as well.
There are few mice or mouses those comes with additional buttons that can be used to perform further actions such as gaming or programing mouse.
We hope, the explanation given in this article of a mouse and its functions will be able to help you to understand that what is a mouse and how it functions when it is connected to a computer desktop or a laptop.What is a Computer Mouse and its Functions? Click To Tweet