Pointing device

Computer MouseA pointing device, or sometimes called a pointing tool, is a hardware input device that allows the user to move the mouse cursor in a computer program or operating system.

Examples of pointing devices

Below are examples of pointing devices that can be used on a computer.

What is the most common pointing device?

For desktop computers, the most common pointing device is the computer mouse. For laptop computers, the most common pointing device is the touchpad. Finally, for smartphones and tablets, the most common pointing devices is your finger.

Related pages

Also see: Input device, Mouse pointer, Mouse terms