What Is A Mouse?

A mouse is a device that controls the movement of the cursor/pointer on a computer screen; it is a small object that you can roll along on a hard or flat surface. It’s name came from its shape that looks similar to a mouse, the connecting wire similar to a tail. Also, as you roll it around it is like a scurry along the surface.


When you move the mouse, the pointer on the computer screen moves in the same direction. The computer mouse has at least one button and up to three. They all have different functions; depending on which program you are running. It may also have a scroll wheel, which makes it quick to scroll through long documents.

Who Invented The Mouse?

In 1963 Douglas Engelbart of Stanford Research Center invented the mouse. Xerox pioneered the mouse in the 1970s; it is one of the greatest breakthroughs in computer ergonomics, because it frees the user up to a big extent from having to use the keyboard. With the mouse you can simply point to options or objects and click one of the mouse buttons: point and click programs. The mouse is great for designers and graphic programs that allow you to use the mouse like a pen, pencil, or paintbrush to draw.