pointing stick


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pointing stick

[′pȯint·iŋ ‚stik]
(computer science)
A small rubberized device located in the center of a computer keyboard, which is moved with a finger tip to position a pointer.

pointing stick

pointing stick

A pointing device that looks like a pencil eraser between the G, H and B keys. It is moved with the forefinger, while the thumb is used to press related keys located in front of the space bar. IBM popularized this device by introducing the TrackPoint on its ThinkPad notebooks. See mouse, trackball and touchpad.


The Pointing Stick
Popularized by IBM's TrackPoint, the pointing stick has been very popular on IBM and other laptops.
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This flexible protocol can also accommodate additional types of data if desired, such as position data from a pointing stick embedded in the keyboard.