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How to connect a wireless mouse to your computer in a few simple steps

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icon: To connect a wireless mouse to your computer, enable Bluetooth pairing on both devices. Nora Carol Photography/Getty Images © Provided by Business Insider To connect a wireless mouse to your computer, enable Bluetooth pairing on both devices. Nora Carol Photography/Getty Images

In some cases when using a laptop, particularly for gaming or other intensive tasks, the trackpad simply will not cut it. Or you may need more flexibility and space than a wired mouse grants you on a desktop computer. 

Your best bet in either case is to connect to a wireless mouse.

Fortunately, connecting a wireless mouse to a Mac or PC is a breeze with Bluetooth technology.

Here's how both Mac and PC users can give the trackpad a much-needed rest and go wireless with their computer.

How to connect a wireless mouse to a Mac

1. Put your wireless mouse in pairing mode if it isn't already. Generally, a light will be on or flashing to indicate that it's ready to pair.

2. Open the "System Preferences" app on your Mac - the silver icon with a gear cog.

3. Click "Bluetooth" from the options list.

graphical user interface, application: You also use your Mac's search bar to find the Bluetooth settings if you don't immediately spot them. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You also use your Mac's search bar to find the Bluetooth settings if you don't immediately spot them. Emma Witman/Business Insider

4. You should see the mouse appear under "Devices." Click "Connect."

a screenshot of a computer screen: You may see other devices that have been previously connected to your Mac via Bluetooth listed in the panel. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You may see other devices that have been previously connected to your Mac via Bluetooth listed in the panel. Emma Witman/Business Insider

5. "Connected" will appear under the name of the device to indicate the mouse's Bluetooth paired with your Mac and is ready to use.

a screenshot of a computer screen: You can use your mouse with your Mac right away once you see the "Connected" status appear. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You can use your mouse with your Mac right away once you see the "Connected" status appear. Emma Witman/Business Insider

How to connect a wireless mouse to PC


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1. Make sure that the mouse is in pairing mode. Check the instructions that came with your wireless mouse if you're unsure about how to put it into Bluetooth pairing mode.

2. Enable Bluetooth on your PC by toggling it on the "Bluetooth & other devices" menu of your Settings app.

graphical user interface: You can enable Bluetooth under the "Bluetooth & other devices" menu. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You can enable Bluetooth under the "Bluetooth & other devices" menu. Emma Witman/Business Insider

2. Return to the "Settings" app landing page and click "Devices."

a screenshot of a computer screen: You can access your PC's Settings from your Start menu. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You can access your PC's Settings from your Start menu. Emma Witman/Business Insider

2. Click "Add Bluetooth or other devices."

3. When prompted for the kind of device you're adding, click "Bluetooth."

graphical user interface: You also use your Mac's search bar to find the Bluetooth settings if you don't immediately spot them. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider You also use your Mac's search bar to find the Bluetooth settings if you don't immediately spot them. Emma Witman/Business Insider

4. On the "Add a device" page, you should see the wireless mouse listed. Select the mouse and it will automatically pair.

a screenshot of a computer screen: Your mouse will appear in the list of pairable devices. Emma Witman/Business Insider © Emma Witman/Business Insider Your mouse will appear in the list of pairable devices. Emma Witman/Business Insider

5. Wait for your PC to let you know when the device is ready to use.

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