Laptop click button not working? Here’s how to fix it

By: Elsie Otachi
7 minute read
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Have you been using your mousepad and the laptop click button suddenly stopped working?

If this is your experience, we’ve got solutions you can use to work around the issue.

Some of the potential causes of the laptop click button not working include conflicts with other mouse or pointer software, driver issues, among others.

Check out the solutions below to fix the laptop click button problem.

How to fix laptop click button issues

Solution 1: Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

If you’re experiencing problems with your laptop’s touchpad, then run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to resolve the issue.

This checks for commonly occurring issues and ensures any new device or hardware is correctly installed on your computer.

Here’s how to go about it:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to View by option on the top right corner

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  • Click the drop down arrow and select Large icons

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  • Click Troubleshooting

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  • Click View all option on the left pane

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  • Click Hardware and Devices

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  • Click Next to run the troubleshooter

Follow the instructions to run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.  The troubleshooter will begin detecting any issues that may be causing your laptop click button not to work as it should.


Solution 2: Boot in Safe Mode

Safe mode starts up your computer with limited files and drivers but Windows will still run. To know whether you’re on Safe mode, you’ll see the words at the corners of your screen.

If the laptop click button issue persists, check whether it occurs while your computer is in Safe mode.

How to get your computer into Safe mode

There are two versions:

  • Safe mode
  • Safe mode with Networking

The two are similar, though the latter includes network drivers and other services necessary to access the web and other computers in the same network.

Follow these steps to start your computer in Safe Mode:

  • Click on Start button
  • Select Settings – the Settings box will open up

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  • Click Update & Security

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  • Select Recovery from the left pane

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  • Go to Advanced startup

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  • Click Restart now
  • Select Troubleshoot from the choose an option screen, then click Advanced options
  • Go to Startup Settings and click Restart
  • Once your computer restarts, a list of options will come up.
  • Choose 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode

A quicker way to get into Safe Mode is to restart your computer then do the following:

  • From the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot>Advanced options>Startup Settings>Restart
  • Once your computer restarts, a list of options will come up.
  • Choose 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode

If the laptop click button problem isn’t there while in Safe mode, then your default settings and basic drivers are not contributing to the issue.

Do the following to exit Safe Mode:

  • Right click Start button
  • Select Run
  • Type msconfig

  • A pop up will open
  • Go to the Boot tab

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  • Deselect or uncheck Safe Boot option box

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  • Restart your computer

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Solution 3: Run a System File Checker scan

A System File Checker scan checks or scans all protected system files, and then replaces the incorrect versions, with the genuine, correct Microsoft versions.

Here’s how to run an SFC scan:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type CMD
  • Select Command Prompt

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  • Right click and select Run as Administrator

  • Type sfc/scannow
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your computer

If the laptop click button issue persists, try the next solution.


Solution 4: Turn off the Touchpad and reboot

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Click Devices and Printers

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  • Click Mouse

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  • Click Device Settings tab on Mouse Properties
  • Click Disable button to turn off the Touchpad
  • Restart the system
  • Enable the button

Does this restore your laptop click button to working condition? If not, try the next solution.


Solution 5: Uninstall and reinstall touchpad drivers

Here’s how to do this:

  • Click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Double click System
  • Click Hardware tab
  • Select Device Manager

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  • Expand Mice and other pointing devices to open the list

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  • Double click on the TouchPad driver tab
  • Click Update driver
  • Right click on Touchpad
  • Click Uninstall
  • Go to USB Controllers
  • Uninstall everything except the category itself
  • Restart your computer. Windows automatically detects the change in your hardware, and will refresh the TouchPad driver and USB stack.

Note: contact your device’s manufacturer for the latest touchpad drivers, then check if this helps fix the laptop click button problem.


Solution 6: Perform a Clean Boot

If you laptop click button still won’t work, eliminate any software conflicts that may be causing the issue.

Performing a clean boot for your computer reduces conflicts related to software that can bring up the root causes of the laptop click button failure. These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

How to perform a clean boot

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, then follow these steps:

  • Go to the search box
  • Type msconfig
  • Select System Configuration

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  • Find Services tab
  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box

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  • Click Disable all
  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager

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  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

You will have a clean boot environment after all these steps are carefully followed, after which you can try and check if the problem is gone.


Solution 7: Run a System File Checker scan

A System File Checker scan checks or scans all protected system files, and then replaces the incorrect versions, with the genuine, correct Microsoft versions.

Here’s how to run an SFC scan:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type CMD
  • Select Command Prompt

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  • Right click and select Run as Administrator

  • Type sfc/scannow
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your computer

If the laptop click button issue persists after an SFC scan, try the next solution.


Solution 8: Run DISM tool

If you still can’t get your laptop click button to work, run the DISM tool, or Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool.

Here’s how to run the DISM command on your laptop (use an external mouse for this):

  • Click Start
  • In the search field box, type CMD
  • Click Command Prompt in the search results list

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  • Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Once the repair is complete, reboot your computer and check if your laptop click button is working again.


Solution 9: Install drivers in compatibility mode

Follow these steps to install in compatibility mode:

  • Download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website
  • Save it on your local disk
  • Right click on the set up file of the downloaded driver
  • Click Properties
  • Click Compatibility tab
  • Check the box next to Run this program in Compatibility mode
  • Select the Operating System from the drop down list
  • The driver will install, then check its functionality.

ALSO READ: Fix: Driver Power State Failure in Windows 10


Solution 10: Check if your TouchPad is enabled or disabled

  • Click Start
  • Type Touchpad in the search field box
  • Click Mouse and Touchpad settings
  • Look for Touchpad toggle settings On/Off
  • Click to toggle it On (if it is off)
  • If you don’t have a toggle function, click Additional Mouse options at the bottom of your screen, then click Touchpad tab for your laptop
  • Click the picture of the touchpad
  • Click the toggle to On
  • Click Save

Solution 11: Perform a System Restore

Use System restore to create restore points when you install new apps, drivers or Windows updates, or when you create restore points manually.

If the laptop click button is not working, try and restore the system and see if it helps.

Here’s how to perform a system restore:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type System Restore
  • Click System Restore in the list of search results
  • Enter your administrator account password or grant permissions if prompted to
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click Choose a different restore point
  • Click Next
  • Click a restore point created before you experienced the problem
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

Restoring doesn’t affect your personal files. It however removes apps, drivers and updates installed after the restore point was created.

To go back to a restore point, do the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • In the control panel search box, type Recovery
  • Select Recovery
  • Click Open System Restore

 

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  • Click Next
  • Choose the restore point related to the problematic program/app, driver or update
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

Let us know in the comments section whether any of these solutions worked to resolve the laptop click button issue.

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