PC Mouse is a pointing device that is one of the devices that are mostly used when using a computer or laptop. Most of the users who do not remember the keyboard hotkeys do use the PC mouse not only for the sake of ease but also for performing some actions that are difficult to perform using the keyboard.
A PC mouse consists of a casing, a cable, and a PCB with electronic components such as a sensor, LED light, Mouse Wheel, and other buttons. Usually, we perform different actions after pressing these tiny switches or buttons that make clicking noises every time they are pressed.
Why Do PC Mouse Make Clicking Noises & Explained
PC mice that produce clicking sounds may have switches that are old and worn out, a mouse case that is hollow and has a hard surface, old switch springs, mouse buttons that are difficult to press, a mouse case that is broken, wrong PC settings, or a problem with the mouse itself.
Simply selecting the appropriate model mouse will allow you to sidestep the majority of these problems completely. The following advice will help you avoid problems and select the most appropriate mouse.
Soft and silent clicks.
Must fit inside your palm.
Separate from the casing.
USB should be preferred.
Must not be hard with more hollow space.
Optical or laser
You must have noticed that a new PC mouse makes less clicking noise when its buttons are pressed than the old ones. It is usually because a new PC mouse has new switches, whereas an old PC mouse has rubbed and worn-out switches.
When these old and worn-out PC mouse switches are pressed, they make a clicking sound even with light pressure. So when looking for a new mouse, you should always pay attention to the sound it makes when clicking.
The PC mouse casing that has a hard surface and is hollow inside makes more noise than the one filled from the inside and has a softer, more flexible surface. When we press the button of such a mouse, the switch produces a clicking sound that echoes inside the hollow casing of the PC mouse, producing a clicking noise.
Every PC mouse switch has a tiny spring that pushes the button back into its original state after we press it. Unfortunately, this spring loses its elasticity from pushing the button back and from carrying the weight of your finger over time.
As a result, there is more cavity inside the switch, and when you press the button, your PC mouse makes a loud clicking noise every time.
The incorrect PC mouse settings may also lead to this mouse noise error. There are settings on the computer that allow you to enable the clicking effects. If you have accidentally enabled this sound, you will hear it with every click.
Lastly, certain PC viruses may interfere with your system’s settings and cause the PC mouse to make loud clicking noises. If you think this is the case, you should immediately run a full system scan to eliminate the virus and fix the issue.
Wrong PC Settings
Sometimes we allow the sound effects from the computer accidentally. These sound effects contain the mouse sound effects too. When we enable them, you can hear sound whenever you press minimize, maximize, close, restart, shutdown, etc. Here’s how you can disable these sounds:
- Go to the start menu, search for “Sound Settings,” and open it.
- Now go to the “Sound control panel” options and click on them.
- Once you are in the sound properties, open the “Sounds” section. Here you will find all the related sound effects. You can turn it to “No sounds” from the file menu, or you can scroll the sound effects and locate “Select” and then change its sound to “Non.”
Scan for Click Sound Virus
A specific computer virus is often known as the “svchost.exe 4” virus. It can produce a clicking sound similar to the clicking sound produced by your mouse. To ensure that your hosts’ files are okay, you must perform the Windows virus scan or use software like Norton Antivirus.
- Go to the start menu and search “Virus threat & protection.”
- Here perform a “Quick Scan” and ensure that all the threat protection protocols are enabled.
- If any of these protocols is disabled, enable it immediately. Turning them off creates a security breach and allows miscellaneous exe and other files to enter your computer system.
Replace Mouse or Switches
There are two solutions to this problem, and we recommend the first one. Just replace your old PC mouse with a new one, and please check at the time of purchase whether the new PC mouse makes more clicking noise. There will almost certainly be a PC mouse among the ten samples that makes less clicking noise when held in hand.
The second approach is more technical. In this, you have to replace the old noisy mouse switch with a new mouse switch. Most of the mice have similar switches. You can replace these switches with each other. So you just need an old broken mouse with working mouse switches.
Hollow and Hard Surfaced PC Mouse Casing
As we said, mice with hollow spaces make more clicking sounds than mice with less hollow spaces. It is because this space echoes the mouse click and makes it louder. Mice with round and dome-like designs often contain that hollow space.
It is very simple to solve this issue if you have a specific screwdriver to open your PC mouse and a small piece of soft foam or thick cloth. Of course, you need to open your mouse casing carefully first. Afterward, you should find hollow spaces around the buttons where you can stick these small foam pieces using simple adhesive or glue.
Make sure that the piece of foam will not prevent the PC mouse casing from closing back again properly. Also, make sure that the foam is not causing the switches to keep pressed continuously after the casing is closed. It will resolve the noise issue.
PC Mouse Switch Springs with Less Elasticity
Replacing your PC mouse with old springs with a new piece of hardware should solve your problem for some time. But if you are a technical or hobbyist, then we have a more technical solution for you.
In this, you will need to find a new mouse with a damaged or broken casing. Ensure the mouse has the same buttons as your noisy PC mouse. Now you just have to replace the old buttons with new ones using a soldering iron and flux.
The PC mouse switches can melt at high temperatures, so make sure that the soldering iron is not more than 30 watts and make sure not to keep it touching the pins of a switch for a long time, melting the switch casing.
PC Mouse Casing Plastic Buttons Working as Diaphragms
Sometimes the designers focus on the beauty of the product more than its other physical aspects. Hence, the product is good-looking, but it lacks ease and comfort. The same principle is applied to the PC mouse that makes clicking noises.
Its switches are mechanical part that makes noise when clicked. And the casing or the PC mouse buttons that touch the noise-making switches start to work as a diaphragm, even though amplifying the clicking noise multiple times.
PC Mouses with a Thin but Low-Quality Hard Casing
Some small PC mouse manufacturing companies focus on their profit margin rather than the comfort of their customers. Hence such companies use a mouse casing made of thin and low-quality hard plastic. Unfortunately, mouses with such casing make a loud and annoying clicking noise when used.
A user should check the mouse by pressing its buttons multiple times in a shop with less noise. Furthermore, users can purchase a mouse with anti-slip feet to reduce clicking noise. In short, it is better to check the product before buying it.
Technical or Manufacturing Faults in PC Mouses
Most PC mice have poor-quality switches that make much noise when clicked, even by a stray toddler. It is because not only is the material used in the low manufacturing quality, but also the mechanical engineering behind it is nothing but just an experiment on a newly introduced product.
There is no problem trying new mouse companies, but before purchasing a PC mouse, you must conduct a short survey on whether a company makes better PC mice. Companies might have multiple PC mouse models, and one of them is the most popular model among the others.
In conclusion, PC mice can be noisy if they have hollow space, low-quality springs, thin casing, or technical and manufacturing faults. To avoid this, checking the mouse before buying it is important. Users should also research different companies and look for anti-slip feet or foam/cloth models to reduce clicking noise. With some research and care, users can find the perfect mouse that fits their needs.
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