Mouse tutorial

A mouse is a handheld device that lets you point to objects on the screen, click them, and move them. Take a look at the diagram below to learn the different parts of a typical mouse.

To scroll through this lesson, you can use your keyboard's down arrow key or your mouse's scroll wheel.

Holding the mouse

There is a proper technique for holding the mouse, allowing you to make use of all its features while also feeling comfortable. Follow the directions below and learn how!

  • Place your thumb on the desk or the tabletop on the left side of the mouse.
  • Your index finger (pointer) should rest on the left button of the mouse.
  • Place the middle finger on the right button of the mouse.
  • Your ring finger and little finger (pinkie) should rest on the right side of the mouse.
  • Your palm should cup the end of the mouse gently.
  • The base of your wrist should rest on the mouse pad or the desktop.