Mouse pad

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A mouse pad is a flat cloth or plastic object that is commonly rectangular and gives an optical-mechanical mouse more traction and an optical mouse an easier to read surface. Using a mouse pad can help make moving the mouse cursor easier and more fluid in most situations. Below is a XTRAC mouse pad and an example of a computer mouse pad.

XTRAC mouse pad

Tip: When referring to a laptop computer mouse, it is referred to as a touchpad, not a mouse pad.

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