The issue of double-clicking mice has been a long-standing problem within the gaming community. While it may occur less frequently now than it did years ago, when many gaming mice across brands were affected by this ailment, it still persists.
That’s precisely why I’ve made this article – to offer solutions that could alleviate the double-clicking mouse issue for good.
There are four solutions for the double-clicking mouse problem that I’ll cover this time. From the easiest to the most complicated. From free to costly.
For those who don’t know, what’s the issue with double-clicking mice? So, the problem with a double-clicking mouse occurs when you click once but the mouse registers two clicks. It’s like there’s a lack of synchronization between what we press and what the mouse does.
Furthermore, another related common problem is when we want to hold down the right or left-click, but the mouse releases the input by itself. Even though our finger is still pressing the mouse button.
Now, let’s jump right into it.
The first and most affordable solution involves using software. However, it’s worth noting that this solution might not be effective for everyone and can be unreliable. Feel free to skip ahead to the next solution if you prefer.
Within this software section, there are two methods to consider. First, adjust mouse settings in Windows. To do this, open Mouse Properties via the Windows Control Panel. You could find a setting for Double-click speed in the Buttons tab. Try to reduce the speed by dragging the arrow to the left.
Unfortunately, adjusting the double-click speed setting in Windows often isn’t effective in treating the double-clicking mouse problem. But who knows, sometimes the problem is minor. So, you might not need a more complicated or expensive solution.
The second method to resolve double-clicking is using the respective mouse’s software. However, this solution might not be for everyone too. Because, rarely do gaming mouse brands provide this option in their software. As far as I know, Logitech, Razer, and SteelSeries, at least the last time I checked, didn’t have this option in their respective software.
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Especially for Logitech and SteelSeries, I checked their software quite a while ago, so I’m not sure about the current status. What I’m currently using is a Razer mouse. So, I’m certain that, in Razer Synapse, that option is not available. At least, at this time of writing.
Two brands that I know have this option in their software are Glorious and Pulsar. If any of you happen to use a mouse from these two brands, try looking for the Debounce Delay option in their software. Increase the debounce delay to see if it solves the double-clicking issue. If the debounce delay is at 0 milliseconds, then there’s a high chance you will get the double-clicking problem.
Oh, by the way, if someone says there’s a third-party software that can provide debounce delay settings for all mice, don’t believe it. At least from what I’ve personally tried, none of them really work. Because, as far as I know, this debounce delay setting is actually within the mouse firmware, and only each respective brand can access the mouse firmware.
Besides only a few mouse brands that let you adjust debounce delay, the problem of double-clicking or the mouse releasing clicks when you’re still holding the button is mostly linked to the hardware, not the software. Hence, the more reliable solution comes from the component side.
However, I still want to mention the software solution because it might help some people resolve their double-clicking problem without any trouble or cost, making it worth trying first.
Now, let’s move to the more reliable solutions.
The Soldering Skill
The first hardware solution I want to discuss might be a bit complicated. But this solution can be applied to all mice and isn’t really that expensive.
So, a mouse with any clicking issues most likely has faulty microswitches. The solution is to replace the microswitches inside the mouse.
How to do it? I’ll attach a video teaching how to replace mouse microswitches. But in short, open the mouse, desolder the old switch, replace it with the new switch and solder it back, then put together again the mouse as the final step.
Perhaps many people are reluctant to learn soldering. But actually, soldering mouse switches isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. Because at least their size isn’t too small, like smartphone components.
What I find more challenging is putting back the mouse feet smoothly, just like how they were when they came from the factory. Most gaming mice have screws under the mouse feet. So, if you want to disassemble the mouse, you have to remove the mouse feet. Reattaching the mouse feet is often the issue. If the mouse feet aren’t aligned perfectly, the aiming might not be smooth either.
Just take a look at the bottom of your mouse. If you don’t see any screws, it means they are hidden under the mouse feet. But there are also mice with screws not placed under the mouse feet. If this is the case, I admire the brand for thinking that far. It makes disassembling and reassembling the mouse much easier.
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So, if you want to replace your mouse switch, what do you need? Firstly, you need tools like a screwdriver, soldering iron and solder wire. Second, you need the new switch. You could buy it in local stores or online and their prices usually are cheap. Thirdly, it might be wise to buy new mouse feet as a backup in case the original ones are damaged when removed. These mouse feet are also reasonably priced. Nowadays, many stores sell these mouse feet.
Overall, the budget is definitely much lower than buying a new gaming mouse. Unless you want to buy a high-end soldering device which might be more expensive than the mouse itself. However, you don’t need that. A cheap soldering iron is enough for this purpose.
Now, let’s move to the final solution…
Mice with Double-Clicking Issue Immunity
For those who don’t want to learn soldering but have the budget, a simpler solution is to buy a new mouse. But what if the new mouse also starts double-clicking? Don’t worry, that’s why I made this article too.
Like I mentioned earlier, the double-clicking issue is most likely due to faulty switches. For those who really don’t want to deal with double-clicking mice anymore, I have two recommendations for buying a new mouse.
The first one is a mouse from ROG. Because almost all ROG mice have hot-swappable mouse switches. Yes, this hot-swap is similar to hot-swappable keyboards, where switches can be easily removed and replaced within seconds. Although the feature is really brilliant, I realize many people don’t know this. Maybe their marketing team wasn’t as brilliant, haha…
But an important note to remember is that, as I said, almost all. Because there’s one ROG mouse that isn’t hot-swappable, the ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition. Besides this particular ROG mouse, mice like Gladius, Keris, Chakram, Spatha, or even the ROG Strix Impact, all have hot-swappable mouse switches. If you want to check on their website, look for the feature called Push-Fit Switch Socket. If this feature exists, then the mouse switches are hot-swappable.
With hot-swappable switches, if the mouse has persistent double-clicking issues, just discard the old switch and buy a new one. If I checked on Amazon, the price range for mouse microswitches is from $5 to $10.
But what if you don’t want an ROG mouse? Don’t worry because this article isn’t sponsored by ROG, haha… If you don’t want an ROG mouse, you can look for a mouse with optical switches. Nowadays, most Razer mice use optical switches. These optical switches genuinely prevent double-clicking. I have three Razer mice with optical switches, the Razer Basilisk V2, Razer Basilisk Ultimate, and Razer Naga v2 Pro. None of them have had any double-clicking issues, even after years of usage.
If you don’t prefer Razer mice, Logitech also has mice that use optical switches. However, as far as I know, until today, there are only two Logitech mouse series that use optical switches: the Logitech G502X (with its variants) and Logitech Pro X Superlight 2. Keep in mind, you need to note the exact series. The G502 must have an X, while the Pro X Superlight must have the number 2, if you want the optical switch.
Even after so many years, I’m quite baffled how this issue still exists. Gaming mouse brands should increase their standard and innovation. At least in this particular issue, I admire Razer for replacing all of their mice with optical switches. Hopefully, the 2 solutions I mentioned here will become the new standard in the future. Gaming mouse brands should go with either hot-swap microswitches or optical microswitches.