How to Silence Your Mouse Clicks
Before You Start
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 they 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:
- 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 philips 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 work table 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 eye sight 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 are having 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.