Question from Faye: Hi, Rick. I have a question for you and it might be one you’ve never heard before. Don’t laugh, but is it possible to use two mice with one computer?
I’m using a series of educational games to teach my 4 year old son Math and Phonics, and we’re always having to switch off using the mouse.
Is there any way to have two separate mice controlling the same computer?
I was afraid to try it without asking you first because I don’t want to mess anything up or damage my computer.
My computer has Windows 10 on it if that makes a difference.
Rick’s answer: You’re right, Faye. Your question is indeed one that I have never heard before. But as luck would have it, it has a very simple answer…
Yes! And what’s more, it works with any recent version of Windows.
All you have to do is plug a second mouse into any empty USB port. Windows will automatically detect the mouse and install the driver, then you’ll be able to use either mouse to control the cursor.
One mouse for you, and another mouse for your son. Just be aware that both “rodents” will control the same mouse pointer, but that sounds exactly like what you’re looking for.
Due to the forgiving and adaptable nature of USB, you can plug multiple USB devices into the same computer without damaging any hardware.
And by the way, you can use multiple mice with other operating systems as well. You could also use multiple keyboards if you wanted to.
Bottom line: Using multiple mice, keyboards and other USB devices might not always give you the results you were shooting for, but you certainly won’t damage anything by trying.
I hope this helps, Faye. Good luck!
Bonus tip: Since you’re planning to connect a second mouse to your computer, I recommend that you check out this little jewel from Logitech. I have several of them and they’re simply fantastic.