How to Connect a Mouse to a Computer

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Updated February 10, 2023

Even the best computer mouse is useless unless you know how to use it. Luckily, this isn’t too complicated of a process, even with all the mouse buttons you have to learn. This article will tell you how to connect a mouse to a computer, whether you have a wired or wireless model.


  • The first step for wired mice is to find the USB port on your computer and plug them in. You’ll also do that for wireless mice and plug in their USB receiver.
  • Once the mouse is plugged in, you should be able to use it almost immediately. The necessary drivers and software will automatically download.
  • However, some manufacturers will offer additional software that you can download to control better the settings associated with your mouse.

Connecting a Mouse with a Computer

You need a long list of devices if you have a computer. Few of these devices are more valuable than the simple computer mouse. However, it’s not helpful if you cannot use it because it hasn’t been installed correctly. Keep reading to find out how to connect wired or wireless mice to your computer. For those who want to know more about the history of computer mice, read up on when the computer mouse was invented.

Insider Tip

Bluetooth mice often have a pairing button you’ll need to press so that it will pair with your computer.

Connecting a Wired Mouse

STEP 1 Find the USB Port

The first step is to figure out where the USB port is on your computer. It should be on the back if you’re using a desktop with a tower. On a laptop, it might be on the side. Keep in mind that some laptops do not have USB ports and cannot be used with wired USB mice.

STEP 2 Plug in Your Mouse

Next, you will take the USB cable attached to your mouse and plug it in. Once you do this, your computer should automatically download the mouse driver and provide functionality. If you’re looking for a new mouse, try reading our VictSing MM057 review.

STEP 3 Download Additional Software

This step is entirely optional. The mouse manufacturer might offer some extra software that gives you better control over your mouse. If they do, go ahead and download that. You might want to learn what a PS/2 mouse is when you’re done.

Connecting a Wireless Mouse

STEP 1 Plug in the Wireless Receiver

Your wireless mouse should come with a wireless receiver that you plug into a USB port on your computer. Once this is plugged in, you can move on to the next step.

STEP 2 Turn On Your Wireless Mouse

The next step is to turn on your wireless mouse. There should be a switch on the bottom to turn it on. If you haven’t already, this might require opening the battery compartment to pop in a fresh set of batteries.

STEP 3 Download Additional Software

Your mouse should be downloaded and ready to use almost immediately. However, there might be additional software offered by the manufacturer. You can choose whether to download that or not. Once you’re done, you might want to learn how to use a mouse with PS4.


If your mouse requires special software, make sure it’s installed correctly; otherwise, it can cause the mouse to malfunction.

STAT: In 2021, the computer hardware market in the United States generated a total revenue of over 48.24 billion U.S. dollars. (source)

How to Connect a Mouse to a Computer FAQs

What should I get for a fully wireless computing experience?

While a wireless mouse is great, you can also invest in a wireless keyboard. This allows you to skip the complicated process of cord management. A wireless keyboard is a fantastic addition to any setup.

What do I do if I lose the wireless receiver for my mouse?

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if your USB receiver goes missing. In that case, it’s probably best to just purchase a new mouse altogether.

How do I troubleshoot a dead wireless mouse?

The first thing you should do is open up the battery compartment and replace the contents. This will tell you if your mouse has just run out of energy or has a deeper problem at play.

How do I connect a Bluetooth mouse?

First, turn your mouse on by hitting the power button. Once that’s done, open up the USB device settings on your computer. You should see the mouse in the device list. Select it, connect, and enjoy your mouse.
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