It’s undoubtedly annoying when something starts going wrong with your computer. Maybe your screen is messing with you, or everything is too slow. Or, maybe your mouse is acting up. Issues with double-clicking are not uncommon.
You click just once, but it fires twice and activates differently. There are a lot of theories about why this happens. And some of the reasons behind this glitch come with solutions, others don’t. So, let’s dive right into the issue and see what sort of things you can do to prevent your mouse from double-clicking.
Change the Mouse Double Click Speed
Before you decide to throw your mouse away, it’s probably best to see if the issue causing the double-clicking has something to do with the mouse clicking speed setting. Maybe the setting is making the clicking too sensitive. If you’re a Windows 10 user and experiencing this issue, follow these steps:
- Open the Control Panel (Windows key + S).
- Then select “Devices” and then “Mouse”.
- Under “Related settings” select “Additional mouse options”.
- A screen will appear and on the first tab that says “Buttons” find “Double-click sped” option,
- You’ll see a picture of a folder icon and a slider you can move to adjust the double-click speed.
- When you find the speed that you’re comfortable with, select “OK”.
Now try double-clicking something again to see if you’re still getting the double click after just clicking once. If the problem persists, try another solution.
Disable Enhance Pointer Precision
While you’re in the mouse settings, you can do another thing to ensure that your double-clicking problem isn’t due to sensitivity. Switch from the “Buttons” tab to the “Pointer Options” tab. Under “Motion” you’ll see the “Enhance pointer precision” and a checkbox. Uncheck it.
When you disable this feature, you’ll notice that your mouse feels less sensitive. And this might just be what will resolve the constant double-clicking. However, if it wasn’t, continue onto the next idea.
Install Latest Updates
If you haven’t installed the latest Windows updates, all kinds of problems and glitches can start popping-up. To avoid this, and to make sure your computer is always working properly, it’s probably best that you always install them. If your mouse is double-clicking all of a sudden, see if there are any new updates available. Here’s what you should do:
- Go to Windows Settings (Windows key + I).
- Select “Update & security” option.
- Select “Check for updates”.
Now, wait for Windows to check for updates. If any are available, Windows will download them. Once they’re downloaded, select to install them and restart your computer. There’s a chance that the double-clicking issue will be resolved after the updates.
Roll Back to the Older Driver
This solution is going to sound confusing. Installing Windows updates was just suggested, after all. But the thing is, if you know that you recently performed an update, and directly afterwards, your mouse started having clicking or double-clicking issues, you’d be correct to suspect something. To make sure it was the update that caused the problem, it’s a good idea to roll back to the older driver and see what happens. Here’s how you do it:
- Select Windows Key + X to open “Power User Menu”.
- Select “Device Manager” from the list.
- When you open the Device Manager, find the mouse and double click it to open properties.
- Select the “Driver” tab and click on the “Roll Back Driver”.
- Wait for a little so the Windows will roll back to the older version of the driver.
You can also try using the default driver too. Just open the Device Manager again, locate your mouse and click “Uninstall”. When you remove the driver, restart your computer. After that, your computer will install the default driver, and this will hopefully fix your problem.
Clean Your Mouse
All the solutions so far had to do with potential software problems in Windows computers. However, there’s a possibility that your problem with double-clicking doesn’t originate from software, but rather your mouse is defective. It could be that it’s old or just broken and you have to throw it out and get a new one.
But it could also mean that all you have to do is clean it. It’s possible your mouse is full of dust. Perhaps you can just use compressed air to clean it. Which is smart to do, anyway, even when your mouse is working properly, as a precaution against future problems.
If you’re up for some additional tinkering, you can adjust the little spring in the microswitch. There’s a chance you can get it to work that way. If you’re not sure how to do it, check online for instructions – it’s possible you’ll find some really good instructions.
Clicking Your Way to the Solution
All smart devices, computers, and gadgets are amazing and make up a big part of modern living. But they’re also imperfect and glitch and break down from time to time. Before you throw your mouse out, make sure it’s not some simple software bug that can easily be fixed. Often people forget that you can adjust the settings the way you prefer. And yes, you can and should clean your mouse too. It extends it’s longevity and is sure to cause fewer issues.
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