Use the mouse to interact with items on your screen as you would use your hands to interact with objects in the physical world. You can move objects, open them, change them, or throw them away, among other things.
While your mouse should just work when you start up your computer, you can make some changes to its functionality and to the look and behavior of your mouse pointer. For example, you can switch the role of the buttons on your mouse, or adjust the speed of double-clicking. For the mouse pointer, you can change its appearance, improve its visibility, or set it to be hidden when you are typing.
Make changes to the mouse and mouse pointers in the Mouse Control Panel. To open Mouse, click Start, click Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Mouse.
The mouse buttons
A mouse has a primary and secondary mouse button. Use the primary mouse button to select and click items, position the cursor in a document, and drag items.
Use the secondary mouse button to display a menu of tasks or options that change depending on where you click. This menu is useful for completing tasks quickly. Clicking the secondary mouse button is called right-clicking.
The primary mouse button is normally the left button on the mouse. On a trackball, the primary mouse button is normally the lower button.
You can reverse the buttons and use the right mouse button as the primary button. Click here to see information on reversing the buttons.
Most mice now include a wheel that helps you to scroll through documents more easily. The wheel may also act as a third button.
Tips for using the mouse buttons and wheel