The mouse is the primary input device used to interact with objects in Microsoft® Windows®. The term mouse can also refer to other pointing devices, such as trackballs, touchpads and pointing sticks built into notebook computers, pens used with Windows Tablet and Touch Technology, and, on computers with touchscreens, even a user’s finger.

Physically moving the mouse moves the graphic pointer (also referred to as the cursor) on the screen. The pointer has a variety of shapes to indicate its current behavior.


Shape Name When used
clip_image002 Normal select Used for most objects.
clip_image004 Link select Used for text and graphics links because of their weak affordance.
clip_image006 Text select Used for text to indicate a location between characters.
clip_image008 Precision select Used for graphic and other two-dimensional interaction.
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