Pointing Device

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Meaning – The term pointing device, refers to an input device with which a user interacts with a computer. A mouse is one example of a pointing device.

Using a pointing device, you can point at or manipulate any object or text on the screen. For example, using a pointing device you could point at and select an icon from a list of icons.

For desktop computers, the most common pointing device is the computer mouse. For laptop computers, the most common pointing device is the touchpad.

In the case of a direct-input pointing device, the on-screen pointer is at the same physical position as the pointing device. An indirect-input pointing device is not at the same physical position as the pointer but translates its movement onto the screen

Example of usage“Pointing devices send information to the computer and do not receive any information from the computer which makes them input devices.”

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