R. Anderson learned how to silence a loud, clicking mouse and is here to share the tutorial with you.
How to Make Your Mouse Silent
Before You Begin
You can destroy your mouse if you do this incorrectly. Please read all steps and research anything about your mouse prior to attempting this. Although this is an easy project, practicing on an old mouse would be an excellent idea if you are unsure about your skill level with small electronic parts.
- Skill Level: 3/5 Moderate (some experience with small electronics preferred.)
- Estimated time to complete project: 1–2 Hours (give or take depending on skill level.)
Silent Mouse Clicks DIY Step-by-Step Tutorial
If you work with computers a lot like I do, then you may run into the annoyance of loud mouse clicks and would probably want to make a silent PC mouse for yourself. With this tutorial, you will be able to see a step-by-step guide to virtually silence your mouse. We first must understand why the mouse is so loud with each click; then we can fix this unwanted noise.
The majority of parts commonly used to make a computer mouse are manufactured with cost in mind instead of quality or performance. This applies to the body all the way down to the buttons. Most parts are made of plastic or super thin, cheap metals to save on manufacturing costs. This results in loud clicks when the button is pressed.
This DIY tutorial will effectively silence the clicks in most current mouse devices. The method used in this tutorial, assuming it is correctly done, will not affect the performance of your mouse buttons. The mouse will still have the same resistance as before, and it will still be just as easy to click. The only difference will be your mouse no longer producing disruptive clicks.
Step 1. Acquire the Needed Tools/Materials
What you will need for this project:
- Mouse: You will need a loud, clicking mouse, of course.
- Screwdriver(s) for removing mouse cover and internal parts if required. You may need more than one type or size. I used a small Phillips head screwdriver to remove all screws required. This may be all that you need but be prepared to run into a special screw head that requires a different screwdriver bit to remove.
- Small flat blade: Either a razor blade, small pocket knife, or a thin metal paint spatula would work. Always use caution when using sharp blades or objects with your hands.
- Flat working surface with good lighting: Preferably something away from any electrical devices since we are working on internal components of an electronic device. Ideally, an anti-static worktable setup would be ideal, but it is not necessary if adequate care is taken.
- Small tweezers or needle-nose pliers: Personally, I can work on very small devices without the use of tools such as tweezers or needle-nose pliers, but for this project, you will most likely need them.
- Scissors: This is for cutting the foam we will be putting inside the mouse switch. You should use the best pair you can get a hold of as this is a very small piece of foam we are cutting. It will need to be accurately cut in order to work correctly. A sharp razor blade can be carefully used in place of scissors if you do not have any.
- Small piece of high-grade memory foam or similar material: This is the most important piece of making the mouse clicks silent. Without this, it will not work correctly. A similar material may be used if you do not have access to any memory foam. I used my memory foam from a piece cut from an old Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Pillow. A hard foam such as Styrofoam will not work! It must be soft but snap back into place like memory foam does.
- Magnifying lenses (if needed): I did not need any magnification lenses to do this project except when I was taking some of the pictures for the tutorial. I have pretty good eyesight, but if you don't, then you will probably appreciate having a magnifying tool handy.
Memory foam is used because it stays true to its shape longer than cheap foam. It also has a tighter density than cheaper foam. When compressed inside the switch, the memory foam sandwiches the metal contact tab and fully dampens the sound of contact between metal tab and the plastic body of the switch. Cheaper and lower density foam will most likely work but may not fully dampen the sound from the switch.
Step 2: Taking Apart the Mouse Carefully
Step 3: Removing Screws and Cables to Separate Top and Bottom Halves
Step 4: Loud Computer Mouse Ready for Silencing!
Assemble everything in the reverse order of removal. Everything should go back together easily. If you have to force something, then you are probably doing it wrong. Nothing should be forced; if you have to use more effort than normal, you should take the mouse apart and check for anything causing hang-ups with reassembly.
If a switch is broken or the metal piece of the switch is dislodged from the rest of the switch, you will need to use tweezers or needle-nose pliers to put the switch back together. If parts of the actual switch break (meaning they snapped in half or bent beyond repair), you will need to replace it for the mouse to function normally.
I dislodged one of the metal contact pads inside one of the switches I was working on. It took me about 5 minutes to get it back in correctly. They must be inserted back correctly. Study the way it looks before working on the inside of the switch in case something goes wrong. Replacing a broken switch will be much more difficult than the rest of this tutorial and will most likely take some intermediate soldering skills at the very least. Use caution inside the mouse, but mostly inside the actual switch(es) as they are very delicate.
Silent Mouse Click Ninja Mouse Video Tutorial
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Miguel on September 16, 2020:
I made an A4TECH OP-620D silent with this guide. Awesome guide! Easy to do. Just a knife, tweezers and little foam you can do this.
Justin on August 21, 2020:
Thank you so much for this!!
I have a Logitech M570 with trackball that would wake the entire neighborhood whenever I clicked it. I am so glad that there was a solution to this problem. It is soooo quiet now!
I'm a graphic/web designer and gamer and use my mouse heavily. I am also seriously in love with my mouse, other than when it would scream at me when i clicked it... I am so glad I don't have to try and find a new mouse. Thanks again :)
Mateus on May 26, 2020:
Eu fiz no meu mouse e ficou maravilhoso! parabéns por essa ideia genial simples mas genial.
Kirk S on March 24, 2020:
Instead of foam I disassembled a q-tip to use. Mouse is about half as loud as it was before.
mc wiggledown spitfire dave junior on December 12, 2019:
it work perfectly!
R. Anderson (author) from Sunny California USA on December 06, 2019:
I'm happy you found my article Krissy K!
I have to add that I looked up your calculator choice. I am perplexed at to how you are silencing the switches on that. Are they much much smaller than the mouse switch? I would have figured they would contain sealed switches (meaning: once you open the switch cap they always stay open).
Any how cheers and I hope the best for you in your adventure!
- R. Anderson
Krissy K on November 26, 2019:
Thank you for sharing this great idea. I did not actually expect to find such an elaborate plan after my internet query.
I am attempting to silence a TI inspire calculator. Very obnoxious loud clicking buttons. I only have about 80 of them to silence. No problem! See you in a year! lol
JeffNguyen on July 12, 2019:
The foam is from a high-quality pillow company and buying one of those costs a fortune. Do you have any other recommendations about the foam?
JefferyBoi25 on April 18, 2019:
Looks fun and amazing!
(Not sure where to find foams now )
iUser94 on March 28, 2019:
Recommended for you
Beautiful, it's completely silent, I can't feel the click either, but that's fine, as long as it works.
SAI PRASANNA KUMAR on March 21, 2019:
Awesome. worked perfectly
Tom on March 11, 2019:
Remember to use non-conductive foam material.
STPxMao on January 29, 2019:
Hmmm... Look good
woodworker on January 24, 2019:
Hi every one,
This method works great, just want to add that i used rock-wool insulation through lack of other material. It works very well my mouse is now as silent as a flying owl.
Adam Gray on December 03, 2018:
Ugh. Now I gotta go to the store and get a loud clicking mouse -_-
Banana on July 31, 2018:
Sang Ngaihte on June 20, 2018:
It works nicely. Did not completely eliminate the clicking noise but the noise has greatly reduced. Thak you.
Майкъл on May 10, 2018:
You could have said how to remove the things covering the clicking things...
Jan on March 28, 2018:
Works like a charm! love it man, it helps a lot specially when people are still sleeping
R. Anderson (author) from Sunny California USA on March 18, 2018:
For everyone who tried this and it worked, AWESOME!
Thank you for all the kind words.
For those who said the switch is more sensitive now, that is probably because your memory foam pieces are too thick. I had the same problem my first time around and trimmed just a slight amount off the memory foam pieces and it worked much better!
I can't really make a video to show the sound difference either. I would have to have a professional recording studio setup to be able to tell in a video. But, the difference is probably 95% quieter than without the memory foam. Literally it is nearly silent if done correctly.
chunkymunky0 on March 17, 2018:
Works amazingly! My acer mouse is now completely silent after being able to wake the dead with its clicks. It did make the buttons much more sensitive but it's worth it!
Nickmed713 on January 06, 2018:
works flawlessly on my Logitech Mouse using memory foam from an old mattress. Kudos to the author you are a blessing!
Why on September 02, 2016:
Why do they even make it with clicking sounds?
Noble Alfred on July 28, 2016:
Thanks, just did it myself, though I didn't have all the tools, through improvisation I did it. Unbelievably better now, the clicking was driving me INSANE as I was playing Diablo 2. Thanks again.
Seán on June 27, 2016:
I got a disturbing amount of satisfaction from this. Deadening near silence. Perfect.
Dave on April 03, 2016:
Wish there was a video to compare the before and after sound of doing this mod.
Gabe on August 17, 2015:
I am using a pretty thin knife and I have the same rectangular boxes and the same latches but they won't latch off, please help
Brendan Mesick on July 10, 2015:
I got a mouse very quickly after doing some research on a good and cheap one with switches like this, and got a Etekcity M555 mouse. I got to work immediately.
One interesting thing is that after carefully trying to get the switch boxes open for a half an hour, I realized that the latches were on the opposite sides unlike the ones on your mouse in the tutorial! They also weren't really visible. So that is definitely something to look out for. They came off a little differently, and in the process of doing it my first time I actually dislodged the switch 'plate' and then spent almost 2 hours attempting to get it in place just to work normally! It was a nightmare.
I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to do it, but I miraculously got the plate back on and the foam in both switches and it works amazingly well. I can't say it was easy.. it was a little stressful but I eventually did it. Even though it *is* possible to place the plate back if you dislodge it, its shape needs to be perfect to sit on the switch, and placing it back on is like setting up the world's tiniest mouse trap, haha.
The only other minor thing was that I had to bend a red LED that was bent around the right-click switch, and bending it too much could potentially break it. I also wanted to set up the middle-click switch, but I couldn't pull the wheel out to actually get to the switch. I rarely ever use the middle-click anyway.
Thanks so much for this! I'm very happy with how this turned out.
R. Anderson (author) from Sunny California USA on July 09, 2015:
I really am not sure what mice have the correct switches. I was not aware that microsoft used those types of switches as I do not have any MS mice around anymore. I am pretty sure that Logitech mice mostly have those switches and probably most mice generally have those switches as well. look for your traditional 'clicker' mice with a loud click you can feel on your finger tips. It should be a metallic feeling click the sort of vibrates for a split second after you click the button. The softer click mice much like Apple mice are probably not going to have the correct switches to silent using my tutorial.
Great to hear your foam has arrived! It is the one thing in my tutorial that I would really recommend people getting. I have used all sorts of things and the foam worked best. It stays in place well, is easy to cut to the correct shape/size, and it does not lose its shape or size over time much like a lot of other material will.
Good luck and try a cheap Logitech mouse and I bet you will be able to use the foam to silent it. Post your results so we can learn from your project!
Brendan Mesick on July 09, 2015:
Great article. The only thing that I find that could help is to let people know of some basic mice that you know have the right switches. My Microsoft mouse has totally different types of switches (small and square... and still loud) and I really have no idea if the mice I'm looking at online have the proper switches that are needed. I actually just got my memory foam in the mail. Maybe I should take a gamble with some cheap mice online, I don't know.
R. Anderson (author) from Sunny California USA on June 07, 2015:
You are very welcome! I game a lot and the click started bothering me as well so that is why I thought of this. I am glad you got the duct tape pieces to work. Whatever makes those small switches not click so loud is what we want, so well done. cheers
Cann on June 05, 2015:
Thank you thank you thank you!
This tutorial was very useful, i just want to share my experience to it. During the part when you add the memory foam, my inserted memory foam was not working as to silence but was getting in the way, so I put very small piece of ducttape (2 layers) in between the magnet and top hook.
And voila! now i have a Super Silent Ninja Mouse.
I'm thinking of doing this to every single mouse in my office (4-5 pcs) as they are gettin on my nerves. LOL..
Thanks again for the great tutorial.
R. Anderson (author) from Sunny California USA on January 29, 2015:
Thank you Gertsen! I will add that to this tutorial. I was working on another mouse last night and I really think the memory foam plays a huge role in making this work correctly.
Gertsen from Denmark on January 29, 2015:
Very nice guide.
Just thought I'd mention that you can get a free sample of high grade memory foam directly from Tempur Pedic here, if you're from the United States:
Free samples (information kits) are available in many other countries too, you just need to go to the national tempur website (if one is available in your country), and order it from there.