I have a computer and use it frequently for work and entertainment. Therefore, periodically have to fix problems on my device.
Cut to the chase: I have a LogiTech wireless mouse that I use with my laptop, basically because I'm not a fan of the touch-pad. Recently, after years of using it, my mouse started clicking on things I didn't want it to click on. My conclusion quickly was that it was double clicking.
But I decided to try to tolerate it for awhile. I don't know why. Maybe I'm lazy, maybe I'm too busy. Maybe I figured I'd conserve energy because it wasn't that bad. But it was that bad. Frustrating as heck! I was about to lose it, trying to upload images to blogs and the mouse going out of control and uploading too soon before I had all the photos selected for upload. Okay, I don't need to lose my mind, I need to solve the problem, I told myself.
Like most people, I've learned to search Google when I have a problem to solve. Site after site, article after article, offered some kind of fix that didn't work for my problem: Most of them were offering advice on how to go into computer settings to solve the problem or looking into system properties or fiddling with the device manager. None of it worked. And there is a reason none of it worked. It's one of those solutions that is right under your nose the whole time, and even in the back of your mind the whole time.
The Problem is the Mouse Not the Computer
Turns out the problem was the mouse and not the computer. Duh. Well, when I first started having a problem with my mouse double clicking my initial thought was that it must have to do with the mouse directly and specifically, not the computer. But I figured I could be wrong even though my instincts were strangely logical.
So, I searched the Net and got the wrong answers.
Eventually I not only found out how to fix the problem but also what could have possibly caused the problem. I don't know the scientific explanation for it, but it seems my mouse had been collecting and storing up some kind of static energy in its capacitors; capacitors, evidently, have to do with the circuitry of mice, allowing for the filtering and storage of energy. Like I said, I didn't know exactly what was behind this problem when I first set out to solve it, but, like blowing on the game cartridges of your Nintendo Entertainment System or Atari, like I did back in the day, I found the simple but effective fix.
So, it appears static energy getting trapped in the capacitors of the mouse creates this problem of double clicking. Fortunately I found the quick and easy fix.
How to Fix Mouse that Double Clicks
So here are the simple steps:
- On underside of mouse, turn off the mouse with the on/off switch.
- Take out the battery.
- Click both the right and left buttons, continuously, in a click and unclick fashion repeatedly, for 30 seconds
- Put battery back in the mouse.
- Turn mouse back on.
- Use mouse again.
So, I did this to my mouse and it worked correctly again. No more issues with double clicking against my will.
Electrostatic Charge in Your Mouse
Evidently this is a real thing that I'd never heard of before until I ended up having a problem with a malfunctioning mouse. There are even stories of mouses dropping dead when the user has too much static electricity on him or her or in the environment around the computer. Supposedly, this problem occurs when there is low humidity and increasing the humidity in the room prevents and remedies this issue, presumably by using a humidifier. In a wireless mouse, it seems the capacitors become overcharged and then you can remove the battery and click and unclick on the buttons for awhile and the problem is resolved. I would personally liken it to shaking out a towel when you remove it from the dryer to get rid of the static electricity. Again, I'm not a tech guy or scientist but this is what makes sense to me.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Nathan Bernardo (author) from California, United States of America on May 17, 2020:
That is great, Marie! Yeah, I think we instinctively know these things and often apply the correct solution by following our "gut".
Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on May 17, 2020:
A helpful article. I've had problems with one or more computer mice in my time. I instinctively would remove the battery and blow into the mechanism. I didn't think about static electricity, but now that you mention it, I can understand why my method may have worked.
Exhalation from the lungs and mouth carries a certain amount of moisture. Water is a dipole molecule, an excellent neutralizer of static electricity.
Thank you for validating me!
Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 17, 2020:
Very interesting information. I had been using a wireless mouse previously. But, when it went out of order, I switched to the normal wired ones as I couldn't get the wireless one from the market.