When you click once in Windows, does your mouse double-click instead? When basic operations such as selecting items, dragging files, and more don’t operate as expected, it can cause a variety of issues. Mouse double-clicking on single clicks can cause unwanted actions, such as opening, deleting, or moving files or folders, or executing commands without confirmation.
To help you identify the issue and resolve it, we’ll demonstrate how to fix a mouse that double-clicks on a single click. We’ll also look at solutions for problems when your mouse double-clicks improperly.
What are the possible causes of mouse double-clicking on single clicks?
The problem can happen due to faulty mouse hardware, incorrect mouse settings, corrupted system files, or bad Windows updates.
How to Stop Your Mouse from Double-Clicking When You Don’t Want It To?
Method 1: Check the Mouse Double Click Setting.
You may have modified a straightforward Windows setting, which is a frequent cause of a double-clicking mouse. As a quick fix, it’s worth checking to see whether you accidentally activated this.
Step 1: Press Win + E to open for File Explorer.
Step 2: If you’re using Windows 10, select Options on the View tab’s right side. On Windows 11, choose Options by clicking the three-dot icon.
Step 3: A new box will open where under the General tab, you have to locate the “Click items as follows” section.
Step 4: Ensure that the “Double-click to open an item” is enabled.
Method 2: Alter The Double Click Speed.
You may also adjust the click speed in Windows to resolve the issue of your mouse double-clicking. The default double-click threshold is usually workable for most users, but you may have inadvertently altered it.
It’s also possible that someone else may have adjusted the settings to a degree where Windows is unable to accurately register your clicks. Here are the steps to fix this:
Step 1: Press Win + I to open the Settings.
Step 2: Click on Bluetooth & Devices in the left section.
Step 3: Then click on Mouse on the right side followed by Additional Mouse Settings.
Step 4: A new Mouse Properties Control Panel window will open when you click this. You may choose the Double-click speed option under the Buttons tab.
Step 5: To test it, double-click the folder icon on the right after moving the slider to your desired position.
Note: The slider’s sensitivity for registering a double-click decreases as you move it closer to Fast. Windows may interpret two single clicks as a double-click if it’s too near to Slow. Try adjusting the bar to see if double-clicking then seems more natural to you.
Method 3: Tidy Up Your Mouse
After eliminating out the first two possibilities, your mouse’s hardware is most likely the problem. Next, you should examine your mouse to check if there is any debris or dirt accumulated there, paying particular attention to the area surrounding the top buttons where you click.
Excessive accumulation might disrupt the internal components of your mouse, leading it to repeatedly double-click or click improperly. Use tools like compressed air, cotton swabs, and similar instruments to give it a thorough cleaning and get rid of any dirt. In case you need any advice, refer to our tutorial on cleaning a filthy mouse. Check to see whether your double-clicking problem goes away when it’s cleaned.
Method 4: Examine the interference and battery of your mouse
A major reason for a mouse to double-click after a single click is an ineffective computer-mouse connection. One of two things commonly causes this is communication interference or a dead battery. These two issues are exclusive to wireless mouse.
Issue 1: Replace the batteries in your mouse if it has one; a depleted battery can cause any gadget to act strangely. In the same way, you should plug in a rechargeable mouse and allow it some time to replenish its battery.
Issue 2: Your mouse and computer may be having wireless communication issues. If your mouse is far away from the computer, try moving it closer. Make sure that the receiver and the mouse are not too close to metal or other objects that interfere with wireless signals if your mouse is a USB dongle.
Try connecting your mouse dongle straight to a USB port on your PC if it is currently hooked into a USB extender or hub. To make sure your computer doesn’t have a dead USB port, try a different USB port.
Method 5: Use A Different Mouse
Your mouse could be broken if you’ve followed all the preceding instructions and it’s still double-clicking when you have clicked once. You may test this by attaching a different mouse to your present computer or by plugging your existing mouse into a separate computer. If your mouse still acts strangely when it’s on a different computer, it’s probably broken.
Another indication that your original mouse is broken is if you use a different mouse on your PC and encounter no problems.
Method 6: Update Drivers
The final method to fix the mouse double-clicking on a single-click issue is to replace the existing mouse drivers with the most updated ones. For that, you have to first uninstall the existing driver, re-install it, and then update it. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Press Win + X on your keyboard to open the Windows Power menu.
Step 2: Select Device Manager from the menu and a new window will open.
Step 3: Look for Mice and Other Pointing Devices and click on it to expand it.
Step 4: Make a right click on your Mouse and choose Uninstall.
Note: Your mouse will stop working now. Do not worry!
Step 5: Press Win + D to reach the Windows Desktop. Then press and hold the Alt key and then press the F4 key once or twice until the Shutdown box appears.
Step 6: Use the Tab key to navigate in the Shutdown box and choose Restart using the Enter key. Once the PC restarts, Microsoft will automatically install the most suitable drivers for your mouse and it will start working after restart.
Note: Check if the mouse is working properly otherwise we have to update the drivers. This can be done using Advanced Driver Updater.
Step 7: Download and Install the Advanced Driver Updater app.
Step 8: Launch the app and click on the Start Scan Now button.
Step 9: From the list of driver issues presented on your screen, click on the Update link next to the mouse driver and let the app update the driver.
Step 10: Reboot your PC and you will find the issue has been resolved.
The Ultimate Guide to Fixing Mouse Double-Clicking Issues in Windows 11/10
I hope that one or more of the aforementioned fixes resolved your mouse double-clicking issue. If nothing works, your mouse probably needs to be fixed. If you have an expensive mouse and are familiar with working on mechanical repairs, you might be able to fix it by opening it up and fixing the mechanics, but this is probably not worth your effort. If not, it’s time to get a new mouse. If none of these solutions work, you may need to replace your mouse with a new one or contact your computer manufacturer for further assistance.