QMy laptop is out of action so I’m having to use an ancient (second-generation) Nexus 7 tablet. Control is either via very amateur finger tapping at the on-screen keyboard together with an unresponsive stylus, or a Bluetooth keyboard in use for the first time. My productivity is currently severely curtailed, and I really miss not being able to use a mouse. Is there any way to use a mouse with my tablet? I currently have two PC mice — a wireless Logitech and very old wired Dell. David Bensley
AYou can, and it’s really easy. All you need is what’s known as a USB OTG (on-the-go) cable, which can be bought very cheaply (99p from Amazon, for example, from www. snipca.com/24404, pictured below). Pop the small (male) end of this into your Nexus 7 and then slot your mouse’s standard USB connector into the OTG cable’s (female) socket. No further setup is required. A mouse pointer should appear on your tablet’s screen in just a few seconds.
Incidentally, we’re assuming that the wireless mouse has its own USB wirelesstransmitter dongle. This should work just as well when plugged into the OTG cable. However, be warned that your Nexus will have to power the wireless connection and this will cause the battery to drain much quicker whenever you’re using the mouse.