Eraser Pointer

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What Does Eraser Pointer Mean?

An eraser pointer is an isometric pointing device that looks like a joystick or pencil eraser head. This cursor control device sits between the G, H and B keys. When the eraser pointer is pushed in one direction, the cursor moves in the same direction. Cursor speed may be increased with increased pressure.

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In 1992, the eraser pointer was released by IBM as the TrackPoint, which is built into most ThinkPad (Lenovo) laptop computers. Eraser pointer technology allows users to control mouse movements while using a keyboard. Some eraser pointers have a red, replaceable tip, or nipple.

Because of its keyboard location, the pointer works equally well for left or right-handed users.

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