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Do We Need Mousepads?

Updated on April 2, 2015

Find the Right Mousepad

Mousepads come in a wide variety of styles. Finding one padded just right for your little mouse to rest on and nicely padded for your wrist too. Zazzle offers custom mousepads. Find these on http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*
Mousepads come in a wide variety of styles. Finding one padded just right for your little mouse to rest on and nicely padded for your wrist too. Zazzle offers custom mousepads. Find these on http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*

History and Do We Need a Mousepad

In 1969, Jack Kelley of Herman Miller designed the first mousepad. The purpose of the mousepad was to increase the friction of the mouse ball. Designed with a metallic, rubber-coated ball inside the mouse to track the computer’s cursor based on the turning on the mouse. The surface needed enough friction in order for the ball to turn. A mousepad gave that necessary friction.

Mousepads are used to keep the desk or table surface from being scratched and worn by continuous hand and mouse moving motion. It reduces the dust and debris from collecting under the mouse. Most important is that it allows the wrist to rest on the pad rather than a harder surface.

Today’s Modern optical and laser mice can work find with a blank piece of paper underneath. Though a padded mousepad offers comfort, speed and accuracy and takes away the wear and tear of the hardtop surface.

A mousepad aids in the comfort of the wrist and hand. Choosing the right mousepad is important if a person is prone to carpal tunnel. Mousepads with wrist rests give comfort to those who are online for long periods of time. There are special mousepads for serious gamers.

Do we need mousepads or are they for nostalgia sake? The answer to this all depends.

Stated on Zazzle website, ‘Zazzle custom mousepads are high quality, full of vibrant colors, and keep your mouse dust-free and sailing smooth. Decorate your desk at home or the office with photos of your special loved ones, a funky design, your logos, a favorite slogan, or a warning message to anyone who comes near your mouse, with 24 hour shipping on most orders.’

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Fun Mousepads

Are you a pet lover, chocoholic, computer geek or into traveling? Find a fun Mousepad at http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*
Are you a pet lover, chocoholic, computer geek or into traveling? Find a fun Mousepad at http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*

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    • RevLady profile image

      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Interesting hub Sandy,

      It seems the day of the mouse and mouse-pads are rapidly coming to an end with the touch screen innovations. Of course, there will always be some of us die-hards who prefer the mouse.

      Blessings to you dear friend,

      Forever His,

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Hi RevLady,

      I still have an older computer and subject to problems with my wrist. A mousepad is a plus for me. But I can see in the future, we will tell our grandchildren, "Back in my day we used a mouse and mousepad."

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Sandy, Do we need mousepads? What a great question, the mousepad I am using is one the locla radio station gave me. GReat Hub, thanks for the information. Two thumbs up...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Free ones are always nice, Teddletonmr.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Sandy, I love my mouse pad, and can't seem to now use it...I have used it for so many years that I like the way it moves. I really didn't know that we don't need a mouse pad. Thanks for the heads up. Love this hub, and I guess I have a collectors Item LOL...thumbs up

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      alrady40@yahoo.com 7 years ago

      OH my gosh, I thought everyone like me used paper or better yet file folders so that you can doodle while you mouse!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Darlene, This isn't entirely true. Most of the newer computers don't need one. And there are newer computers with touch screens. But not everyone has a touch screen or a newer computer. Some people still have the mouse with the rolling ball. If you have a mouse, a pad still protects the surface and is easier on your wrist.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks alrady40 for your comment.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Mouse pads have been around for so long... without one is like running barefoot.

      Love all the new Tech we have today but the mouse pad has stood the test of time.

      Blessings

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      Motorpurrr 7 years ago from Camano Island, WA

      For now they are still needed. They help keep the mouse clean. Even with the ones that dont need it, its still nice to have a cool picture there.

      Even with touch screens if there is an option to use a mouse people may go for that because the screeen gets all icky.

      There are still old fashioned people out there that like a mouse. Plus many games are possibly dificult with touch screen.

      Nice Hub :)

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Great job on this hub. I use my mouse pad all the time. I have the one that is padded for your wrist. Really helps and would recommend it to anyone.

      Sage

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love my mousepads. My favorite is a portrait of The Beatles. I agree with Motorpurr. Mousepads will be around for awhile.

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      CastleRoy 7 years ago from RI USA

      These are wonderful mouse pads.

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Can't remember the last time I used a mouse pad, but seeing all these cute ones makes me want to go and buy one! Great Hub Sandyspider.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I use a laptop most of the time, but i have a cute puppie mouse pad on my desk top; enjoyed your article.

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      guruette 7 years ago from Lake Park, FL

      I love mouse pads, for the decorative benefits and the smoothness of the movement. Wouldn't be caught without one!!

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      Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I don't have one at home because I have a laptop. I do have one at work even though that mouse is wireless. The mouse pad gives my wrist some support. Plus, it cuts down on noise.

      I still have an old mouse pad I got when I had a Geocities blog back in the day :) I keep it just for nostalgia reasons.

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      AndyPo 7 years ago

      I don't use a mousepad any more, which is a shame, because I need an excuse to buy one of your splendid mousepad artworks.

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Mouse pads did make so many different statements.

      Very great choice of topic. Nice Hub.

      Thank you for putting this one together.

      Ron

      As Always also a2z50

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Great artwork and makes you want to get a new mousepad!

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Very nice hub. I loved the art work.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Have used a mousepad since day of computer use :O)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I want a Great Dane mousepad!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I want a Malamute mousepad!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for all the recent comments. I have been a little behind lately.

      habee and akirchner, if you are serious about wanting one, I could come up with a couple. You can even send me a pic of your dogs. Serious, let me know. :)

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      ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

      I use a mousepad, but I have to have the Gel Wrist Pad on it. IT helps me from having pain issues. LOve your designs !!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Sandy, I love my mousepad and I like the one there in your hub that says, "Everyone has a poem in their heart and A Song in their Soul, Lovely hub, Maita

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      NoRR4Me 7 years ago

      Hey Sandy, nice hub. I haven't used a mouse pad for a long time. It would probably feel funny to use one now. I just use the surface of my desk. The mouse I use is optical.

      Good day.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      prettydarkhorse, Just a little poem that popped in my head.

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have an optical mouse but I still use a mouse pad. My mouse would look lonely without it. I loved all the different mouse pads you showed. They made me realize it's time for me to get a knew one. Thank you for a wonderful hub, I enjoyed reading it.

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Exceptionally well done, Sandy. Thanks.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      I was just wondering the other day if I needed a mouse pad. Only for decorum, I think.

      Namaste.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love the cat, threw me off for a minute I thought it was my cat on holiday....Great Hub Do We Need Mousepads, Heck yea and mostly for the fun of IT! P.S. I love my wireless mouse, need to order a new one for my daughter and one to have on hand just in case. Thanks and Peace :)

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      My computer may think I don't need a mouse pad, but my desk begs to differ, and so do I!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Happy Mothers Day Sandy, I know you're a great MOM, Maita

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Maita. happy Mother's Day to you too. And all the other Mother's out there.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I also use mousepad, even if I use laptop. Because I still use optical mouse. And you have beautiful mousepad above. I liked it very much. Good work, Sandy. Thumbs Up for you.

      Prasetio :)

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Where would I be without my mousepad? Got this neat one a couple years ago from the Boston Beer Company, as I'm a shareholder, "The Samuel Adams Beer Color Spectrum." The mouse I use DOES have a roller ball, and YES I would still use a mousepad even if I had a laser mouse.

      Interesting hub. Never knew there could be a "history" lesson in mousepads. :)

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      I have been searching for the right mouse pad. I have had mine for years. I haven't been able to find one with the right feel. They are all to thin or hard. I love your designs. I think it would be totally weird without a mouse pad. But I as my 14 year old niece tells me, they are "old fashioned". lol!

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      all I can say is that I loved loved this Hub . .from the first pics ( I want that pad with the hands:) and the pink mouse! Fun read:)))) rated up:)))))

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wavergirl22, you mean the feet. LOL

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Haven't had a mouse pad in years, although I kinda miss the level of personalisation they afford on a desk.

      I'm waiting for the cerebral implant, so I can stop moving my hands in general.

      Until then, its touch(controls)-and-go. Reminds me when I researched the desktop metaphor and where we are going with technology.

      I bet it's hard to type with so many hands but few fingers. ;)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      oscillationatend, you have a way with words. A little off center, but then...I'm a spider lady.

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      lou16 7 years ago

      Great hub as usual Sandy with an interesting question. I still use a mousepad at home, but I suspect this is more to do with habit and the fact that there are so many awesome mousepads available to buy. When I was temping for a large company last year we were recommended not to use mousepads because they were having a lot of problems with their mouses (or should I say mice??!!)not working as well on the mousepad as on the desks.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      That's interesting Lou16. I know when I worked in an office a couple of years ago, I still had the mouse with the ball. It only worked with the mousepad. But I would still buy one. Especially a custom made one. Maybe out of habit.

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Thank you, I do try to be mildly entertaining.

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      tamron 7 years ago

      Well done! I piged ya! Stubles and linked ya Great job!

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      Gary Anderson 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      These are nice looking mousepads. They aren't expensive and it feels better moving your mouse on a pad.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I agree Gary. I prefer the padded surface.

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      I never used mouse pad but I run into problem with the optical-mouse. Ultimately, I resort to buying a cheap mouse for $2 and discarding it with the first sign of trouble. I think soon there would be disposable-mouse.

      I use HP system but HP mouse is troublesome. After fighting a lot with the dealer and changing mouse for a few time during warrantee, I now use cheapest of the cheapest available and it works well based on cost-benefit analysis.

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Are those edible chocolates there, if so I'll take a dozen mousepads please, for the little mices you know.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I love the kitty mousepad and the chocolates! I have a laptop, but I use a wireless mouse with it...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      katyzzz, are you sure it is for the mice???

      Enelle Lamb, my daughter has a laptop, but she also has a mouse.

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Zazzle is awesome. They have such a great selection.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      The only problem with Zazzle is that it becomes an addiction.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I find the mousepad still pretty useful, even with an optic mouse. I hate to use the touchpad. :(

      Rated up and useful. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks hynodude!

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      I've used a marble mouse for years and love them, laptop and desktop, and got my husband loving them too having to use one of mine awhile, so now both my arms are both the same length! lol

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Funny, Pollyannalana.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I love my Zazzle mouse pad. It holds up well and doesn't curl like some I've had.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      WannaB Writer, thanks for your comment. The products I have ordered through Zazzle are very good quality.

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      I don't use a mouse or a mousepad anymore, but I did sell a mousepad on Zazzle recently. I was surprised.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      sheilamarie78 I still use mousepads. Glad that you sold one.

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      Sandy 2 years ago from NW Ohio

      I still use a mouse pad. As I have an older mouse that hooks to my o9ld computer. I had a wireless one. That seem to cost me more buying batteries all the time. So, I switched back to my old handy mouse that requires a mouse pad.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      rusty2rusty I have one that runs on batteries right now. But I still find it easier to use a mouse pad underneath it.

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      Nadine May 19 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Sandy I was doing my commenting rounds before I start on my Zazzle work when I saw your hub on mouse pads. I have often wondered , do they truly sell? I do use a mouse pad myself, one where your wrist can rest on the padding.

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      Sandy Mertens 19 months ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nadine May I have sold a number of mouse pads. There still are many good reasons as mentioned why a mouse pad is good to have.

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      Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes I'm glad to have read your points about mouse pads and i will from now on add those to my product list.

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      Sandy Mertens 12 months ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I am glad Nadine that you will add these to your list.

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