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The mouse is known as a peripheral
device. It is a piece of hardware attached to the computer to make
navigation within the operating system easier. They come in many flavors
and styles but the basic setup is the same. The two basic types of
mouse you may encounter when using desktop computers are a traditional
mouse, which is operated by rolling the device around your desk, and
a trackball, which is operated by using your hand or fingers to position
the ball in the device, without moving the device itself. When using
a laptop or notebook in place of a mouse, you will often find a touchpad
device that uses heat and pressure from a fingertip for mouse control,
or a mini-joystick type device placed in the center of the keyboard.
As a rule, Windows configures all mice to operate in a similar fashion.
The left mouse button is the action button, which opens
menus, windows and applications. Beginning with Windows 95 the right
mouse button is the options button that normally displays
a context sensitive menu with currently available actions. Configuring
the mouse is done through the Control Panel. Click the Start button,
move the cursor to the Settings option and click the Control
Panel item that appears. To adjust the mouse, locate the Mouse
applet icon and double click it.
Figure 11: Mouse Icon
This applet allows you
to change the behavior and responsiveness of your mouse, including the
period within which a double click is registered, and how fast the cursor
should move on-screen. Left-handed people are also able to reverse
the mouse buttons if necessary.
Figure 12: Standard Mouse Properties
If the mouse has special
features and functions such as extra buttons, the manufacturer will
include special software and drivers to utilize these features. You
will find them in the Control Panel along with basic mouse adjustments.
If those features are not available and you know your mouse should
support them, check to make sure that you have the manufacturers
most current drivers and software installed. Figure 13
shows the updated Mouse configuration options for a 5 button Microsoft