If you are looking for ways to fix the “Middle mouse button not working” error, then this Techquack post is what you need. You can try checking your hardware, running hardware diagnostics, updating your mouse driver, and changing registry settings to fix the error.
If you are using your computer and want to scroll with your mouse to see the files, but find that the middle mouse button doesn’t work, it’s very frustrating.
The middle button has been a useful addition to mice and has been around for some time. The middle mouse button is used to scroll the mouse pointer, and simply clicking on it can be set up for functions such as opening new tabs, etc. However, many users have reported that the middle mouse button suddenly stops working. Usually, the problem is system related, not mouse related. Isolate whether the problem is related to the mouse hardware or the system.
Why does the middle button on my mouse not work?
This problem has several causes, such as a hardware problem, a connection problem inside the mouse, or a corrupt mouse driver. Sometimes it’s hard to determine the reason why the middle mouse button doesn’t work.
But don’t worry. We have a solution for you! In this article, we will share effective solutions to solve the problem of a non-functioning middle mouse button.
How to solve the problem
Check your mouse hardware for problems
If your mouse is having problems, first check the physical hardware.
- Connect your mouse to another computer with the same version of Windows you are using and see if it works. If your mouse works on another computer, your computer is probably causing the problem. However, if the middle mouse button does not work on the other computer, you may need to replace the mouse.
- If there seems to be a problem with your physical mouse, you can take it apart and clean it with a cotton swab.
This can help remove dust and other debris that may be affecting the mouse.
Start hardware troubleshooting
Windows 10 has a built-in hardware diagnostic feature. Before you move on to more complex problems, run the built-in troubleshooter for your computer devices.
- Open the Control Panel by typing “Control Panel” in the Windows search bar and hitting Enter.
- Open Hardware and Sound.
- Then open “Devices and Printers.”
- Locate your mouse, right-click on it, and select Troubleshooter.
- The troubleshooter will run away. If it finds and applies the patch, then restart your computer.
Update your mouse drivers
If your mouse is still not working properly, we recommend updating your mouse driver. This solution is a little more complicated than the others, but it’s the logical next step to get your mouse working properly again.
- Click on the search bar at the bottom of the screen. It should be next to the Windows key.
- Type in “device manager” and open it. A window should open with a list of all your hardware and devices.
- Find your mouse. It will most likely say “Mouse and other pointing devices,” although this may vary depending on your version/update of Windows.
- Expand the “Mouse” menu and find your specific mouse.
It should be connected.
- Right-click on the mouse that is causing the problem and select “Update Driver.”
- The mouse driver will be updated.
- Restart your computer after updating the driver.
Installing OEM Mouse Drivers
The first time you install Windows, generic drivers are used. While most mice can use them, some do not work with generic drivers. To fix this, you need to install drivers specific to your company.
Fortunately, it’s not very difficult to do.
- Visit the website of the mouse manufacturer.
- Look for the driver installation section. This varies from site to site. You can also type “[manufacturer] device drivers” into the search engine.
- Search for a specific device. Most companies have search functions that make it easy to find the model number.
- Install the latest drivers for your mouse.
- Restart your computer when you’re done. You may need to reconfigure the mouse button if you set it up differently before.
Change the registry settings
If the middle button on your mouse is working in a strange way, it could be your registry settings. Follow these instructions carefully to change the settings:
- Use the search bar at the bottom of the screen and type “registry.” This should bring up a program called “registry editor.”
- Click on the registry editor. If you’ve never opened it before, it may ask for permission to make changes to your computer, click “Yes.”
- This editor contains many drop-down menus with various settings. But don’t worry, because we only need one.
- First, click “HKEY_CURRENT_USER.” It should be the second option. This will open up some more menus.
- Next, click “Control Panel.” Again, this should open up more settings and drop-down menus.
- Click “Desktop” to bring up more settings on the right side of the window. Scroll through the settings until you find “WheelScrollLines.” This setting should be in alphabetical order, i.e., at the bottom. This setting does exactly what it looks like: it controls the scroll wheel.
- Left-click on this setting and click “change…”. It will be in bold and should be the first option.
- Make sure the value set is set to “3”. If not, change it and click “OK”.
Viruses can also infect the mouse.
Fortunately, most Windows computers now have an anti-virus program built-in.
- Click on the little arrow that looks like “^” at the bottom right of the screen.
- Look for the “Windows Security” application. It looks like a shield.
- Click on the “Virus and Threat Protection” button on the left.
- Click on the “Quick Scan” button at the bottom of the first section.
- If you have a virus, this scan can find it.
They didn’t solve the problem – now what?
If your mouse is still causing problems, it’s probably a hardware problem. You can repair or replace your mouse.
Hopefully, one of these actions will solve the problem. If not, you should seriously consider replacing the mouse or repairing it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many mice and some touchpads have a middle button. On a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can usually click directly on the scroll wheel to make a center click. If you don't have a center mouse button, you can press the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously for a center click.
You have to use the "Category" view in the Control Panel to see the "Hardware and Sound" option. In the Mouse Properties window, select the Wheel tab. Then try adjusting the number of lines for the mouse wheel, or try changing the mouse to scroll pages. Once you've adjusted, click Apply, then click OK.
There are several things that can cause problems with the middle mouse button. Hardware malfunctions, improper device settings, deleted drivers, and improper Windows settings can all prevent the middle mouse button from working.
- Reconnect the mouse. Before you do anything, make sure it's not a temporary problem...
- Replace the batteries.
- Clean the mouse.
- Check the touchpad.
- Check the mouse wheel settings.
- Update the mouse drivers.
- Fix corrupted system files.