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If you are new to the world of computer accessories, you may wonder how to use two mice on one computer. Even the best computer mouse could occasionally use a friend to navigate a desktop. So why use two mice with one computer, and what are the various ways to get it done? Keep reading to find out.
After learning the definition of a wireless mouse, you may wonder about using multiple mice on a single computer. This is a more complicated process than learning how to use a mouse with a dongle, but it is a worthy pursuit. Having two mice connected at the same time allows more than one person to use the computer, which is useful after learning the definition of a 2.4GHz mouse.
Keep your mice charged so they both will be ready to go when you need them for gaming or creative pursuits.
The two mice can also be paired with two keyboards, making for unique gaming and creative opportunities even if you are still learning why your mouse light is on when the computer is off.
There is no universal solution here, as it depends on your computing setup and what kind of connections you are making. With that said, here are some common methods to get this done.
The easiest method is to plug both mice into available USB ports or connect both wirelessly via Bluetooth. A standard Bluetooth connection will accept multiple simultaneous connections, so you are covered in that respect. Similarly, USB ports will take whatever plugs into them. There are some risks here with signal interference, especially when connecting via Bluetooth. Additionally, using up two USB ports is a big deal when you are using a computer that only has three to choose from. This is not a perfect solution, but it is the easiest.
STAT: The first public demonstration of a mouse controlling a computer system was in 1968. (source)
There are many ways to use a dongle, hub, or receiver to make it easier to use multiple mice at the same time. Some companies like Logitech manufacture dedicated receivers for the express purpose of plugging in multiple mice and keyboards for simultaneous use. Additionally, you can use a standard hub or dongle to up the number of USB ports, so your mice won’t hog them all up. These hubs also increase the number of other connection ports like USB-C, Thunderbolt, and more.