The mouse is a useful piece of hardware that helps users navigate on their computer more easily than if using the navigation keys or the touchpad. Sometimes, the mouse appears to have a will of its own, and starts moving around erratically, or clicks by itself.
This strange mouse behavior is usually triggered by external factors, such as specks of dust caught inside it, or by software problems, such as driver update issues.
How can I fix my mouse if it starts clicking around by itself?
Your mouse is one of the most important input devices, however, many users reported issues with their mouse. Speaking of issues, users reported the following problems:
- Mouse moving and clicking on its own – This is a pretty strange issue, and it’s mostly caused by your touchpad. To fix the problem, simply change your touchpad settings and the issue will be resolved.
- Mouse keeps clicking twice, when held down, randomly, when typing, jumping and clicking – There are various problems that can occur with your mouse, but you should be able to fix most of these issues with one of our solutions.
- My mouse keeps triple clicking, double clicking – If your mouse keeps clicking randomly, it’s possible that you have remote control software running in the background. Simply delete that software and the issue should be fixed.
- Mouse is clicking automatically – Sometimes this problem can occur due to Click Lock feature. Simply disable this feature and the problem should be permanently resolved.
Solution 1 – Clean your mouse and connect it to a different port
Sometimes a bit of dust can cause this problem to appear, and if that happens, just open your mouse and clean it with pressurised air. If the problem still persists, you might want to try connecting your mouse to a different USB port.
If that doesn’t work, you might want to swap your left and right mouse button and check if the issue reappears. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Devices section.
- Select Mouse from the menu on the left. Now set Select your primary button to Right.
Check if the problem still appears. If not, it’s possible that your left switch is worn out.
If your mouse is connected to a USB 3.0 and doesn’t work properly, maybe there’s a problem with the port. Check out this step-by-step guide to fix any issues with the USB 3.0 port.
Solution 2 – Update the mouse driver
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
- Click on Mice and other pointing devices to find your mouse driver.
- Right-click to select the driver > click Update Driver and follow the instructions on the screen.
- If Windows 10 cannot automatically update your mouse driver, go to your laptop/ mouse manufacturer’s website and look for their download section.
Did you know that the majority of Windows 10 users have outdated drivers? Be a step ahead using this guide.
Solution 3 – Check for remote control software
If you notice that your mouse clicks are not at all random, this means that your computer may be remotely controlled. In this case, follow these steps:
- Disconnect your computer from the network and internet. If your mouse stops clicking randomly on the desktop, this could mean that some remote control software took over your computer.
- Check your installed programs to see if there are any unusual programs installed. For example, the presence of programs such as Teamviewer, Chrome Remote Desktop or X2GO is suspicious.
- Check if the remote desktop sharing feature is disabled. Type “Allow remote access to your computer” and make sure the option “Don’t allow remote desktop connection to this computer” is enabled.
- Start the computer in safe mode and scan it for viruses.
If you’re in need of a good antivirus, we would have to recommend Bitdefender, BullGuard, and Panda Antivirus. All these tools offer great protection, and they will be perfect if you need to protect your PC from malware.
Safe mode is not working on Windows 10? Don’t panic, this guide will help you get past the booting problems.
Solution 4 – Disable touchpad
If your mouse keeps clicking, the problem might be your touchpad. Sometimes you might accidentally tap your touchpad and that will cause your mouse to click.
This is a minor issue, but it can be quite annoying, and in order to fix it, it’s recommended to turn off your touchpad. There are several ways to do that, but you can usually do it quickly right from the Settings app by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Once the Settings app opens, go to Devices section.
- Now navigate to Touchpad section from the menu on the left and uncheck Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected check box.
After doing that, your touchpad should be disabled as soon as you connect a mouse to it.
Another way to disable your touchpad is to use its software. Touchpad software comes with all sorts of features, and it also allows you to disable your touchpad when the mouse is connected, so you might want to check it out.
Lastly, you might be able to disable your touchpad quickly simply by using a keyboard shortcut. On most laptops, this shortcut is Fn + F9, but it might be different on your device.
Simply look for a key that has a touchpad icon on it, and press that key while holding Fn key.
If you can’t find the keyboard shortcut, be sure to check your laptop manual for detailed instructions. Once you disable your touchpad, the issue with your mouse should be resolved.
If you need more info on how to disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected to your laptop, read this dedicated article for further details.
Solution 5 – Disable Click Lock feature
According to users, sometimes your mouse can keep clicking on its own due to click-lock feature. This can be a useful feature for some users, but it can also sometimes interfere with your clicking.
In order to fix this problem, it’s advised to disable this feature by doing the following:
- Open the Settings app and navigate to Devices section.
- Choose Mouse from the menu on the left and click on Additional mouse options.
- Mouse Properties window will now appear. Make sure that ClickLock feature isn’t enabled. If it is, uncheck Turn on ClickLock and click Apply and OK to save changes.
After disabling this feature, the problem should be resolved and your mouse should stop clicking on its own.
Solution 6 – Disable the touchscreen
According to users, if mouse keeps clicking by itself, the issue might be caused by your touchscreen. It’s unknown how your touchscreen interferes with your mouse and causes it to click, but several users came up with a workaround.
In order to fix the problem with mouse clicking, you need to disable your touchscreen. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand Human Interface Devices and locate your touchscreen on the list.
- Right click your touchscreen and choose Disable from the menu. If the confirmation dialog appears, click Yes.
Once you disable your touchscreen, the problems with your mouse should be resolved. This is just a workaround, but it works according to users, so feel free to try it out.
Need additional info on how to disable the touchscreen in Windows 10? Check out this guide to find out more.
Solution 7 – Check the switches on your mouse
Before we start, we would have to mention that this is an advanced solution, and if you’re not careful you can permanently damage your mouse. We’re not responsible for any damage that can occur as a result of this solution.
According to users, they managed to fix the problem simply by adding a bit of oil to their mouse switches. Sometimes your switches can get worn out, and you might be able to solve the problem simply by adding a drop of oil to them.
To do that, first you need to disconnect and open your mouse. Then locate the mouse switches. Now gently add a drop of oil on the switch and keep pressing the mouse switch until the all the oil is inside the switch.
Make sure that any excess oil is removed from your mouse. If you get oil outside the switches, be sure to remove it or else you might damage your mouse. Once the switch is oiled up, put your mouse together and connect it again to your PC.
As we said, this is an advanced and risky procedure, so if you’re not comfortable with opening your mouse, you might want to skip this solution entirely.
Solution 8 – Consider purchasing a new mouse
As previously mentioned, your mouse switches can wear out over time, and if that’s the case, it might be a good time to consider purchasing a new mouse. If this problem is caused by your hardware, the simplest way is to just purchase a new mouse.
Also, make sure that you have all your drivers up to date. Of course, you can do that manually, or you can download TweakBit’s Driver Updater.
This tool will update all the outdated drivers automatically on your PC thus protecting you by damaging your system while downloading and installing the wrong driver versions.
Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.
That’s about it. After following all the steps mentioned above, your mouse should work as intended.
If you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to take a look.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.