Squeaky Clean Mouse

February 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Is your pointer jumping when you scroll with your desktop mouse or laptop touchpad ?  The problem could be anything from food and smoke  to skin oils and pet hair. Don’t panic.  Simply follow these instructions for safe cleaning.

Use a lightly dampened soft cloth to remove any obvious dirt, fingerprints or smudges.

Apply rubbing alcohol to a  cloth and wipe down the touchpad or mouse to remove dirt.

Look at the underside of your mouse and carefully remove any dirt with a dry cotton swab. Spray with a can of compressed air to remove any additional debris.

Check for touchpad driver updates. Click the “Start” menu and select “Control Panel.”  Then select “System and Security” and check “Device Manager” under “System.”  This can fix any errors in the current drivers.

Adjust the touchpad sensitivity. In the “Control Panel” select “Mouse” and adjust the sensitivity settings.  If you use a mouse pad, wash it by hand with warm, soapy water.  Let it dry thoroughly before using it again.