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Mouse device drivers

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You must have ever wondered how you can simply plug a mouse in your computer which can be right away used after you have plugged it without even having to install mouse drivers that were included in the package. Your computer operating system basically has a set of pre-installed generic mouse drivers which are used when a mouse is plugged, unless being instructed not to. Although you can certainly use these basic mouse drivers, it is always a good idea to go ahead and install the mouse drivers that were provided when you bought the mouse. Installing the provided drivers will let you have full control over all the features and functions that the mouse provides. For instance, if you have purchased a very expensive programmable mouse that features multiple buttons over the standard left and right buttons, installing the included mouse drivers will let you to use your new programmable mouse to its fullest capacity.

The mouse drivers would basically tell your operating system everything about the mouse functions and the way they should interact with each other. When you just accept the generic drivers you might be able to point and click but you should know that all the extra features and functionality of your new programmable mouse can be missed. This means that installing your mouse drivers will let you enjoy all the added features the mouse holds. However there might also arise the need to update your mouse drivers and it is important you know when you mouse requires those important updates.

In order to determine if your mouse requires device driver update, you will first have to find out if your mouse function well enough for its basic point and clicking usage. If you find some related problems then you can use some other pointing device or a navigation method like arrow keys, tab or shortcut keys for navigating. You can also use an alternative mouse if you have to find out the difference in their performance. This will tell you if an update is required.

However if you have updated the device drivers then you should also install them. You can do this through your device manager which is found in the control panel. You just have to find the mice from the pointing devices category in the list of device manager. However if your mouse is functioning perfectly in pointing and clicking, then just double click the mouse device in the list and move to the drivers tab. You can even use your arrow keys to highlight the mouse and hit enter to select it.

Some other reasons why you might require update for your mouse drivers is to use the latest updated or features available for your type of mouse. You can just find out about the updated features for your multi-tasking mouse which you can update then to your mouse through the mouse drivers update process. Make sure that this process is done in the right way as otherwise it can also cause some other related driver errors.  

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