How to Fix a Wireless Mouse

By Amanda Kondolojy

Having a wireless mouse hooked up to your computer is certainly convenient, but because of its wireless interface, these peripherals can be prone to problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of practical steps that you can take to fix a wireless mouse if it is malfunctioning.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft tissuesGlass cleaner

Step 1

Check your wireless connection. If you are using a wireless adapter or USB linking device, ensure that everything is plugged in properly. The best way to do this is to unplug the device and then plug it back in, making sure everything fits snugly.

Step 2

Try to re-sync your mouse with your computer/adapter. If your computer came with wireless networking capabilities (such as Bluetooth) and your mouse uses this signal to communicate with the computer, go to your computer's control panel and turn off the network for a few minutes. Then reboot the network and see if the connection to your mouse has been restored. If you are using a wireless adapter, go to the wireless utility that your computer uses to manage the wireless mouse (this can usually be found in the "programs" section) and repeat the above process.

Step 3

Look at the bottom of the mouse. If your wireless mouse has a trackball, try removing the cover and cleaning the individual wheels on the inside of the mouse with a Q-tip. If you are using an optical mouse, then try cleaning the bottom of the lens with a soft tissue and a frugal amount of glass cleaner.

Step 4

Ensure that any drivers needed for the mouse are still installed. Although it is unlikely, the drivers that facilitate communication between your mouse and computer may have been accidentally corrupted or erased. Try visiting the mouse manufacturer's website to download new drivers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although this list is not exhaustive, it represents the most common problems, and the cheapest to solve. If you feel that the wiring or structure of your wireless mouse has been damaged and needs extensive repair, you may want to just bite the bullet and purchase a new mouse, as gathering the necessary elements to disassemble your mouse and make internal repairs is very costly.