A mouse is a hand-held input device that controls the movement of the cursor or pointer on the screen of the monitor. Mouse has at least two buttons and sometimes newer mice also include a scroll wheel for scrolling through long document.
Types of Mice
- Mechanical Mouse: This mouse has a rubber or metal ball on its underside that can roll in all direction. It is also called ball mouse.
- Optical Mouse: This mouse uses a laser to detect the mouse movement. It does not have ball under it.
- Cordless or wireless mouse: This type of mouse is not physically connected to the system unit instead they rely on infrared or radio waves to communicate with the computer.
- USB Mouse: This mouse is connected to USB port.
- Serial Mouse: This is connected directly to serial port or PS/2 port or RS-232C serial port.
- Opto-mechanical: This type of mouse has ball at the underside and still uses optical sensors to detect motion of the ball.
- Clicking: This is pressing and releasing the left mouse button once.
- Right clicking: Pressing and releasing the right mouse button once.
- Double click: Pressing and releasing the left mouse button twice in rapid succession.
- Dragging: Pressing the left mouse and holding it down, then moving the mouse pointer to another location, releasing the mouse.
- Pointing: This refers to moving the mouse to position the mouse pointer over an item on the desktop.
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