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Chapter 21. Working with Input Devices > Finding, Installing, and Configuring a...

Finding, Installing, and Configuring a Mouse

When the Mac was first introduced, its mouse separated it from all the computers that came before it, and those that came after it, for a long time. Until Windows and other platforms adopted the mouse as one of their primary input devices, the Mac and its mouse really stood out from the crowd.

Choosing and Installing a Mouse

All desktop Macs come with the Apple Pro Mouse. This is an optical mouse, which means that it uses light to translate your movements into input information (as opposed to the rolling ball in previous generations of mice). Optical mice eliminate the frequent cleaning that is required by the ball-based ancestors. The Apple Pro Mouse uses the entire top half as its “button,” which makes using it even easier (if that is even possible). And it shares the same clear or white plastic look as the Apple Pro keyboard.


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