How to Connect Your Keyboard and Mouse to Your PC

Connecting your keyboard and mouse to your PC is a breeze. Before you connect your keyboard and mouse to your computer, you need to decide where to place both the keyboard and mouse in relation to the PC:

  • Set up the keyboard right in front of where you'll sit when you use the computer, between you and where the monitor goes.

  • The mouse lives to the right or left of the keyboard, depending on whether you're right- or left-handed.

Now that you have your mouse and keyboard where you want them, you can actually connect them:

  • The PC keyboard plugs into the keyboard port on the back of the console.

  • The mouse plugs into the mouse port.

Note that the two ports look identical but are different. Don’t plug the keyboard or mouse into the wrong port or else neither device works. However, if you’re using a USB keyboard or mouse, you can plug the keyboard or mouse into any USB port.

Some USB keyboards and mice come with a tiny adapter, designed to convert the USB port into a keyboard or mouse port connector.

Don’t plug the keyboard or mouse into their ports while the computer is turned on. It may damage the keyboard, mouse, or computer.

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