Mouse click stopped working? Here’s how to fix it for good


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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If your mouse click stopped working for some reason, you might have some trouble using your PC and performing everyday tasks. This can be a big problem for many users, and today, we’re going to show you how to permanently fix this problem.

When your mouse click is not working, the only other way to operate your computer is using your keyboard, and this is an uphill task.Using the keyboard means you have to know most, if not all, of the keyboard combinations to perform the functions your mouse enables you to.

With the mouse click working, you’re able to access commonly used functions such as cut, copy and paste, changing font and paragraph options, changing hyperlink options, among other interlinked functions. One of the main functions used in many troubleshooting and every day functions of your computer is the right click part of your mouse.

Here are solutions to fix your mouse click when it isn’t working.

Left mouse button not working on your PC? Fix it now with these solutions

  1. Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  2. Boot in Safe Mode
  3. Run a System File Checker scan
  4. Turn off Touchpad and reboot
  5. Uninstall and reinstall mouse drivers
  6. Allow device to wake from computer
  7. Run Power troubleshooter
  8. Create a new user account

Solution 1 – Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

If you’re experiencing problems with your computer’s mousepad, 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:

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Go to View by option on the top right corner.
  4. Click the drop down arrow and select Large icons.
  5. Click Troubleshooting.
    troubleshooting control panel mouse click problems
  6. Click View all option on the left pane
    view all troubleshooting mouse click not working
  7. Click Hardware and Devices
  8. Click Next

Follow the instructions to run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.  The troubleshooter will begin detecting any issues.


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 mouse click 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:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Select Settings – the Settings box will open up.
  3. Click Update & Security.
    settings app mouse click stopped working
  4. Select Recovery from the left pane.
  5. Go to Advanced startup.
  6. Click Restart now.
  7. Select Troubleshoot from the choose an option screen, then click Advanced options.
  8. Go to Startup Settings and click Restart.
  9. Once your computer restarts, a list of options will come up.
  10. 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:

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

If the mouse click 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:

  1. Right click Start button.
  2. Select Run and type msconfig.
    msconfig run dialog mouse click not working
  3. A pop up will open.
  4. Go to the Boot tab.
  5. Deselect or uncheck Safe Boot option box.
  6. Restart your computer.

Solution 3 – Run a System File Checker scan

Sometimes your Windows installation can become damaged and that can lead to various issues. If your mouse click stopped working, it’s possible that some core Windows files are corrupted. Fortunately, you can fix these types of problems simply by performing 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:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Go to the search field box and type CMD.
  3. Select Command Prompt, right click and select Run as Administrator.
    run as administrator mouse click stopped working
  4. Type sfc/scannow and press Enter. Wait for the scan to finish.
  5. Restart your computer.

If the mouse click issue persists, try the next solution.


Solution 4 – Turn off Touchpad and reboot

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Mouse.
  4. Click Device Settings tab on Mouse Properties.
  5. Click Disable button to turn off the Touchpad.
  6. Restart the system.
  7. Enable the button.

Does this restore your mouse click? If not, try the next solution.


Solution 5 – Uninstall and reinstall mouse drivers

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Go to System > Hardware tab. Select Device Manager.
  4. Expand Mice and other pointing devices to open the list.
    device manager mouse click not working
  5. Right click the mouse device you want to remove.
  6. Click Uninstall.
  7. Click Yes when you get a confirmation message.
  8. Restart your computer. Windows automatically detects the change in your hardware.
  9. Install the mouse driver.
  10. Check for its functionality.

Note: Contact your device’s manufacturer for the latest mouse drivers.


Solution 6 – Allow device to wake from computer

Follow these steps to do this:

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Device Manager.
  3. Right click on your mouse.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Click Power Management tab.
  6. Check the Allow this device to wake the computer box.
  7. Click Apply and OK.

Solution 7 – Run Power troubleshooter

Sometimes the mouse click may not work due to corrupted power settings.

Try the steps below to run power troubleshooter and see if it helps:

  1. Right click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Type troubleshooting in the search bar of the Control Panel.
    mouse click not working troubleshooting
  4. Click View all on the left pane.
    view all mouse click not working
  5. Click Power.
    power troubleshooter mouse click stopped working
  6. Click Advanced on the power troubleshooter dialog box, then click Next.
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  7. Click Run as administrator and give permissions when prompted.
  8. Click Next.

Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the troubleshooter.


Solution 8 – Create a new user account

If none of the above solutions helped, try creating a new user profile and see if it helps resolve the mouse click issue.

You can create a new user profile then change settings to administrator privileges, and check if the issue of the mouse click not working persists.

Here’s how you can create a new user profile:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Accounts.
    settings app accounts mouse click not working
  4. Click Add someone else to this PC.
    add new user mouse click stopped working
  5. Fill in the form with the user name and password. Your new user account will be created.
  6. Click on Change account type.
    change account type mouse click stopped working
  7. Click the drop down arrow and choose Administrator to set the account to administrator level.
    mouse click not working
  8. Restart your computer.
  9. Login to the new account you just created.

If the issue goes away, then it may mean your other user profile is corrupted.

You can try the following in case of a corrupted user profile:

  1. On your new account, use it to downgrade your usual account.
  2. Click Apply or OK.
  3. Raise back your old account to its default admin level.
  4. Rinse and repeat a few times as this will help to remove any corruption.
  5. Leave your account on as Administrator.

Check whether the mouse click works when using the newly created account. If it does, then you can either Fix the old user account or migrate to the new account.

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


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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