- Insert the Batteries – Find the door that covers the battery compartment and remove the batteries from their plastic casing. Obviously, make sure that the batteries are properly aligned. Many mice these days feature Lithium-Ion batteries, which can only be inserted one way and are rechargeable.The wireless transmitter does NOT need batteries, as it draws its power from the computer itself.
Plug the Receiver into the Computer – Most receivers are USB, so find an open USB port and insert the wireless receiver / transmitter into the port. Make sure the plug is properly aligned with the port, as USB only supports one direction. If you have no free USB ports, you can use a USB to PS/2 converter, which makes use of your computer’s older PS/2 port. Note: many newer computers don’t have PS2 ports.
“Pair” the Devices – The mouse and / or receiver usually has a button on it that “pairs” (or connects) the two devices, letting them know that the other exists. Pressing it should turn on some sort of indicator light. If it does not, check your connections and try using the mouse in Windows.
- Position the Receiver – Most receivers these days are little nubs that just stick out of the back of your computer. If that’s the case, you can obviously skip this step. Otherwise, tuck your receiver away somewhere where you can get to it, but it isn’t visible. Wireless mice do not need line-of-sight to work.
- Test it! – If you plugged your mouse into the PS/2 port, you MUST restart your computer. If you plugged it into USB, you should see the computer recognize and configure your mouse for you. If everything is configured properly, your mouse will move on the screen. Congrats! You have set up your first wireless mouse.