New mouse behaving badly.
August 17, 2006 6:09 AM   Subscribe

How can I get my new wireless mouse to left click like the old one did?

I just installed a new Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse. The new equipment is identical to the previous equipment, and I didn't have to install the software. The keyboard works fine. The mouse will not respond to left clicks to open programs, email, documents, etc. However, it will allow me to left click to open websites from my favorites. I've tried to dink around with the mouse settings. No dice, so I reset to factory defaults. No change. Batteries are fresh. Right click works great, so I have to right click and select Open to access my stuff.

Any ideas? Running WinXP, if that matters.
posted by Corky to Technology (6 answers total)
Did you uninstall any software from the old mouse (Logitech Mouseware, etc)?

When you left click, does it respond visually (like highlight the file)?

Did you reboot?

Can you try a wired mouse to see if the behavior is the same?
posted by SirStan at 6:13 AM on August 17, 2006

Old mouse was exactly the same as new one. Same model, same make. I didn't have to uninstall and reinstall the software, since I was just swapping new for old.

It does respond visually. It highlights files and desktop icons, but will not open with left click.

I shut down the machine each night when I leave.

We don't have a wired mouse at work to test.
posted by Corky at 6:31 AM on August 17, 2006

Had you set your mouse to open icons with a single-click as opposed to the world standard double click?

Control Panel -> Mouse -> Single-click to open an item
posted by splice at 6:48 AM on August 17, 2006

What happens if you switch back to the old mouse? Does the problem go away?
posted by bcwinters at 6:57 AM on August 17, 2006

I think splice has it. See if it's now set to double click instead of single.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 7:11 AM on August 17, 2006

I fixed it! It was the click speed to open folders, etc. It was set to super fast. Apparently, I'm not super fast.

Thanks for the input. I always learn something from every problem.
posted by Corky at 7:37 AM on August 17, 2006

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