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Who invented the computer mouse?

Learn more about the device that makes computer interaction what it is today: the mouse.

Just point, and click. [© Shutterstock, 2010]
© Shutterstock, 2010
Just point, and click.

A computer "mouse" is a hand-held input device that, when rolled across a flat surface, causes a cursor to move in a corresponding way on a display screen.

A prototype mouse was part of an input console demonstrated by Douglas C. Englehart in 1968 at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Popularized in 1984 by the Macintosh from Apple Computer, the mouse was the result of 15 years devoted to exploring ways to make communicating with computers simpler and more flexible.

The physical appearance of the small four-sided box with the dangling taillike wire suggested the informal name of "mouse," which quickly superseded the formal name.

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