How to Fix a Double Clicking Mouse Easily

Hi friends in this video article I will show you step by step how you can fix an old double clicking mouse. This article is based on my own personal experience. I have a new wireless mouse which works great but the problem is that every month I had to replace its batteries. As I use my mouse for a desktop computer it did not make much sense so I shifted to a wired mouse. The only issue this mouse manufactured in 2006 had was it would double click when I had clicked just once.

Symptoms of the problem

This problem was extremely irritating. Not only it made a simple task very difficult but some websites like banking sites would throw error messages because of the rapid clicks generated by the mouse. I searched the web for a  solution and found a couple of YouTube videos showing how you can fix it. But I found all the solutions to complicated and time-consuming. So I started doing some trial and error and found out an easier solution to the problem.

Cause of the problem

Reason for Mouse Double Clicks
Reason for Mouse Double Clicks

The main reason for this random mouse double clicks is a hardware problem. The mouse buttons are made of tactile micro-switch which has a bent metal plate inside. This metal plate acts as a spring and creates the clicking action. What happens with time is the metal plate either gets deformed or corroded or dirt gets stuck. Because of this reason, the metal plates instead of registering a single click registers a double click.

Steps to Solve It

To solve this problem you can open up the mouse and either replace the micro-switch tactile buttons or you can try opening the micro-switch and clean the metal plate. Both these methods will solve the problem but require a lot of time and effort.

Let us see how you can fix it without opening your mouse.

Step1: Download and install X Mouse Button Control Software
X-Mouse Button Control Setup
X-Mouse Button Control Setup
  1. Open the Download page for X Mouse Button Control Software form here 
  2. Click on the latest version link to start the download of the installation file.
  3. Install  X Mouse Button Control Software by running the downloaded installation file.
Step2: Enable Debounce rapid mouse button clicks
Enable Debounce Rapid Mouse Clicks
Enable Debounce Rapid Mouse Clicks
  1. After installing it Run X Mouse Button Control.
  2. Go to your system tray icons at the bottom right-hand corner and find the icon for  X Mouse Button Control.
  3. Right click on the X Mouse Button Control Icon an then click on setup.
  4. Now in the X Mouse Button Control setup interface click on the settings button.
  5. Under the Settings dialog click on the advanced tab.
  6. Under the advanced tab check the debounce the rapid mouse button clicks checkbox to enable it.
  7. In the same line, you will find a field for adjusting the debounce time period initially set this to 100 ms.
  8. Click on Okay and then Click on apply.
Step3: Setting Double Click Speed and Debounce time period
Set Double Click Speed and Debounce Time
Set Double Click Speed and Debounce Time

The way the de-bounce timer work is as soon as you mouse button is pressed or released the timer gets activated then all the clicks generate in that time frame are counted as a single click. If you set the timer very high like 1000 ms then your clicks will lag making your mouse unusable. If you make it too small then the mouse will still generate those extra clicks. So the trick for this method to work is to know the exact time frame of the mouse random clicks. We can find this time frame using trial and error. We will start with 100 ms and then test if the incorrect double clicks have stooped. If not then we will increase the time by 50 ms to 150 ms and then again test it out. We will continue doing this till your invalid clicks have disappeared.

To do the testing we will open the windows mouse settings in the control panel.

  1. To do that in the task bar search box type control panel and hit enter to open it.
  2. In the control panel scroll down to find the mouse click it
  3. In mouse property click on the buttons tab to open it
  4. In the buttons tab increase the double-click speed by the sliding the slider to the maximum on the right side.
  5. Click apply
  6. Now test for random double clicks by single clicking on the folder icon.

If the folder icon opens and closes then your mouse still generates double clicks try increasing the debounce timer by 50ms and then try again. If not then 100ms debounce time worked for your mouse.

Fixing Minor Side Effect

Once you have configured the debounce time properly there one issue now your mouse cannot generate double clicks even when you double-click.

To solve this side-effect we will again use X Mouse Button Control software

Enabling Double Click Using Middle Mouse Button
Set Double Click Button
Set Double Click Button
  1. Right click on the X Mouse Button Control Icon an then click on setup
  2. Now in the X Mouse Button Control setup interface on the right side in the layer 1
  3. For the middle button form field select double click from the drop-down field.

This will allow you to use your middle mouse button or mouse wheel button as a double-click. So when you press the mouse wheel your computer will behave as if you have double-clicked.

With this fix, your mouse is almost as good as new. There are a few issues which are less annoying. Like sometimes mouse down selection will not work but apart from that, it is very much usable.

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Neil Mahaseth

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