How to fix it when mouse click is not working on Mac

While many Mac users, especially those with a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, prefer to use a trackpad, there are lots of us who like to use a mouse. Most of the time, that’s not a problem, but occasionally, there can be issues, such as a Mac mouse click not working. There are several reasons why that might happen. In this article, we’ll explain what they are and show you how to fix Magic mouse not clicking.

Why is the mouse click not working on my Mac?

The causes of a mouse click not working on your Mac could be hardware- or software-related. Hardware causes include:

  • Faulty mouse button
  • A connection issue with a Bluetooth mouse
  • A broken cable on a USB mouse
  • A faulty USB port on your Mac (if the problem is with a USB mouse)

Software causes include:

  • Damaged preference files
  • A problem with macOS
  • Malware
  • Incorrectly configured settings
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A mouse click not working on your Mac is just one of the problems you might run into. There are lots of others that can crop up from time to time. And while they are usually quite easy to fix, it would be much better if they didn’t happen at all. The best way to prevent them from occurring is to maintain your Mac regularly. That will keep it running smoothly and speedily for much longer than it would otherwise. Maintaining your Mac means completing tasks like running macOS maintenance scripts, freeing up RAM, repairing disk permissions, and reindexing Spotlight. Doing all of that manually would be time-consuming and, in the case of running maintenance scripts, means using Terminal to execute commands. There is an easier way, though. CleanMyMac X’s Maintenance module can run all of those tasks as well as thin out Time Machine snapshots, clear DNS cache, and speed up Mail. You can download CleanMyMac X for free here and try it for yourself. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, follow the steps below:

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  2. Select the tasks you want to run.
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How to fix it when a mouse click is not working on your Mac

As with many problems that crop up when you use your Mac, identifying the cause and fixing it is a process of elimination. So, it’s a good idea to start with the easy fixes and work from there.

1. Restart your Mac

This may be all you need to do, and it fixes lots of problems. Just choose Restart from the main Apple menu.

2. Check for macOS updates

Another easy fix is to ensure your Mac runs the latest macOS version.

    1. Go to System Settings > General > Software Update.
    2. Wait for it to check for updates. If there is one available, install it.
    System Preferences - Software Update

    3. Try a different mouse

    If you have another mouse available, try using that. If the problem disappears, it suggests the issue is either with the other mouse or its connection to your Mac.

    4. Clean the mouse

    If the problem only happens with one mouse, give the mouse a good clean. You should also recharge it if it’s a rechargeable mouse or replace the batteries if it takes disposable batteries.

    5. Check for interference

    If you have two different Bluetooth mice connected to your Mac, there may be something pressing on the button of the other one, which could prevent the click on the one you’re trying to use from doing anything.

    6. Try a different USB port

    If the mouse that is having problems is a USB mouse, try connecting it to a different USB port.

    7. Disable ‘click to reveal desktop’ in macOS Sonoma

    macOS Sonoma has a new feature that clears windows off the desktop when you click it. Some people like it, others don’t. But some have also found that deactivating it can fix problems with a mouse click not working. Here’s how to do it:

      1. Go to System Settings > Desktop & Dock.
      2. In the ‘Click wallpaper to reveal desktop’ section, choose ‘Only in Stage Manager’ from the menu.
      System Preferences - Desktop & Dock

      8. Check third-party software settings

      If your mouse has an app, like Logitech’s Logi Options, that you can use to set the functions of its buttons and scroll wheel, make sure the settings are configured correctly and aren’t preventing a mouse click from doing what you expect it to.

      9. Unpair a Bluetooth mouse and re-pair it

      Go to System Settings > Bluetooth and click the ‘i’ next to your mouse. Choose Forget this Device. Next, follow the instructions that came with your mouse to pair it with your Mac again and connect it.

      10. Delete preferences files

      1. Click on the Finder in the Dock, then the Go menu.
      2. Choose Go to folder and type or paste the following path into the box: ~/Library/Preferences/
      3. Search or look for files that have ‘mouse’ in their name.
      4. Drag any of the files below that you find to the Trash, but don’t empty the Trash yet.

        If you’re using a third-party mouse, the files will have a similar name but with the name of the manufacturer in place of ‘Apple’.
      5. Restart your Mac.
      6. Go to System Settings > Mouse and set up your mouse again.
      7. Empty the Trash.

      It can be very frustrating if you discover that a mouse click isn’t working on your Mac. There are a number of potential reasons for the issue, which could be either hardware- or software-related. To determine the cause in your case and then fix it, follow the steps above. And remember that maintaining your Mac regularly will keep it running smoothly and help protect against problems like this one.

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