What is a Mouse?:
The mouse is an input device designed to manipulate objects on the computer screen.
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Computer mice come in many shapes and sizes but are all designed to fit either the left or right hand. Anywhere from one to six or more buttons, and usually a scroll wheel, are integrated onto the mouse to provide a wide variety of functions.
Mice communicate with the computer either wirelessly or wired.
If wireless, mice connect to the computer either via RF communication or Bluetooth. An RF-based wireless mouse will require a receiver that will physically connect to the computer. A Bluetooth wireless mouse connects via the computer's Bluetooth hardware.
Tablets and other touch-interface computers don't require a mouse but usually support one as an optional attachment.
Even though the mouse sits outside the main computer housing, it is an essential part of most complete computer systems.