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[SOLVED] Mouse left click NOT working on Desktop Icons

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sharky, Feb 8, 2002.

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  1. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    (first of all,the left click of my mouse is the dominent click,not the right click)


    the left click of the mouse is NOT working when left-clicking a desktop icon. the right click will work on the desktop icons.

    additionally,the mouse is about 1 year old , a couple of days ago fell apart a bit,and the left click WILL WORK when surfing on the internet.
     
  2. SyscoKid

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    Is just replacing the mouse an option? That's what I'd do, especially since you said it "fell apart a bit".
     
  3. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    its likely the problem.

    i liked to learn the technical "quark" of why a left click refuses to work on a desktop icon ,but will work surfing the net.

    thats presuming of course,the mouse is at fault.
    thanks
     
  4. SyscoKid

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    Let's get some more opinions in here!;)
     
  5. PatInAz

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    Let's keep it simple here. No reason to strain anybody's brain. A mouse is a commodoity device. They all do the basics to scroll and click. Get a different mouse from other system. One that is known to work. Plug it into your machine. If it works, get a new mouse.
    If it doesn't work any better, report back to here.
    Then we can start on the theories.
     
  6. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    took me awhile to buy a new mouse to see if the problem is the mouse,the new mouse is doing the same thing.

    when i use the left click button of the mouse on the desktop icons,nothing happens except the icon becomes highlighted.

    when inside (on a browser),the left click buttom will operate fine.

    any feedback? whatever the problem,the answer should give insight into computers
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Are you single clicking on the desktop items or double clicking?
     
  8. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    single and double clicking,i have tried.
     
  9. slipe

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    I’ve heard of that happening when you get too many icons on the desktop.

    Make some folders for your desktop and put some of the icons in the folders to consolidate them by category. Makes things easier to find anyway. Get rid of any you don’t use.
     
  10. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    as a matter of fact,i do have many icons on my desktop such as 3 internet explorers. i'll deleete some to see what happens.

    i also understand desktop is actually its own folder
     
  11. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    i'm deleted down to 5 icons,not 15 like i had 20 minutes ago.
    unfortunately,the left click of the mouse still does not work on the desktop icons.

    the answer will give some insight into the complex nature of computers
     
  12. PatInAz

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    My best guess is maybe somebody changed your mouse properties.
    Go into the Control Panel (from My Computer) and go to the Mouse box. You should be able to test the button clicks and set the button assignments. This is where some lefties reverse the left and right clicks. Maybe yours got set wrong.
    Good Luck :cool:
    Pat in Phoenix
     
  13. sharky

    sharky Thread Starter

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    i tried the mouse properties,back and forth,forth and back. no luck

    also noticing the left click does not work on control panel icons,...and again,the left click works fine when surfing.

    thanks
     
  14. ourhouse

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    very strange. a problem like that would just annoy me and i would just reinstall the OS to see if that did anything... but thats just me =o)
     
  15. Marturo

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    As I am not an electrical engineer. I would buy an inexpensive adaptor, that let's you change you mouse plug PS2 into a USB. If you have a working USB port, then you can at least rule out a bad PS2 port. I think in terms of test, and results one thing at a time. When it comes to software related problems, it always helps to make sure the hardware is working first.
    Marturo
     
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