how to reset wireless mouse

Are you having trouble with your wireless mouse? Does it seem to be lagging or not working properly? If so, don’t worry – resetting the mouse is an easy process that can often fix these issues. In today’s blog post, we’ll walk you through how to reset your mouse and get it back up and running like new. So whether you’re a first-time user or just need a refresher course, keep reading for all the details.


If your wireless mouse isn’t operating properly or at all, there are a few troubleshooting actions you can take right away:

Battery: Whether it’s Bluetooth or USB connectivity, a wireless mouse requires batteries to power its communication with your computer. Check to ensure that the batteries are properly placed and are not just worn out. Many wireless mouse issues can be resolved with new batteries.

The power switch: Many mouse gadgets feature a button on the bottom that allows you to turn them off and save battery power when not in use. Check that the switch is turned on, and that the power LED on the mouse is on.

Receiver: To use a USB mouse, you’ll need a tiny receiver that connects into an open port on your laptop or desktop computer. Check that it is installed before using your mouse. If you have the receiver plugged in and has exhausted all other troubleshooting options, consider switching it to a different USB port, if one is available. USB ports might fail and become inoperable. If it lacks a receiver, it might be a Bluetooth mouse; in that case, check your Bluetooth settings.

Surface: Some mouse units will not function correctly when placed on extremely reflecting surfaces, such as glass tables. This may need the use of a mouse pad or similar surface that does not interfere with the operation of the machine. If the mouse is already attached, this will just solve the problem.

Many of us skip reading the instructions that come with our purchases, but this might cause your wireless mouse to stop operating. Some will require you to sync them to your computer via a “connect” process. This might be as easy as clicking a button on the receiver or typing certain keystrokes to initiate the mouse connection. The mouse may come with a CD, albeit the driver may be out of date.

Outdated drivers: If your mouse drivers are not installed, your device may not function correctly or connect.


A tiny receiver connects with the mouse through a cordless mouse. A USB connector on the receiver links it to the PC.

NOTE: You must have the USB receiver that comes with the wireless USB mouse to connect it to your computer. There is no way to connect the wireless USB mouse to your computer without the receiver.

  • Plug the receiver into a USB port on the back or side of your computer.
  • When you connect the wireless receiver to your computer, Windows or macOS should automatically discover and install the necessary drivers. Depending on the mouse model, your computer may need to access the internet in order to install the drivers automatically.
  • Check that the mouse has batteries or that the internal battery is charged.
  • Next, make sure the mouse is switched on. Many wireless devices include an on/off button on the bottom.



Troubleshooting a mouse refers to the measures you will take if a mouse does not behave as you want it to. It always indicates to a variety of underlying concerns, ranging from faulty batteries to buggy drivers. The procedures for resetting a mouse are only one aspect of a troubleshooting procedure.


The solution for certain wireless mouse brands may be as easy as resetting the wireless connection. At the bottom of the wireless gadget, look for a tiny Reset button or a recessed hole.

Insert a blunt pin or a paper clip into the recessed hole and press down. When you press the Reset button, the Wi-Fi connection will be disconnected and then restored. Also, disconnect the USB wireless receiver, wait a few seconds, and then insert it back into the USB port. Check to see whether the mouse now works properly.

To reset a cursor mouse, press and hold the left and right mouse buttons for a few seconds. Consult the instruction manual for the proper procedure.


Some mouse models have their own unique driver software. Microsoft’s Intellipoint Mouse, Logitech Options, and Razer are just a few examples. The mouse program has the ability to modify the default Windows mouse settings. Consult the mouse handbook to learn how to reset the mouse to its factory settings. Most software interfaces will have a reset button.


In rare cases, the mouse settings in Windows 10 might continually change. This vexing issue is caused by a defective mouse driver. You can revert  the driver to a prior version and see if it resolves the issue. A driver rollback will also assist you in resolving the more prevalent issue of mouse latency in Windows 10.

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  • Find the reset button. This is usually found on the mouse’s bottom or adjacent to the batteries on the inside.
  • Push the button and hold it down for three to five seconds using a small pointed item, such as a straight pin or the tip of a ball point pen.
  • If you’re resetting a wireless mouse, you should also reset the USB receiver to guarantee appropriate operation. Locate the reset button on the receiver, which is usually on the bottom.
  • Push and hold the reset button on the receiver for three to five seconds with the same little pointed item.
  • Plug the receiver back into the computer and simultaneously click the reset buttons on the mouse and the receiver. This will allow the gadget to properly reconnect to the PC.


A Logitech wireless mouse makes browsing your computer’s desktop screen easier, although technological malfunctions can arise from time to time. Because it has a reset button on the bottom, you don’t need any technical skills to reset your Logitech mouse. It is entirely resettable in a couple of seconds.

  • Turn your mouse over and check that the power switch on the bottom of the unit is turned on. Make sure your PC is also turned on.
  • Check that the mouse receiver is firmly hooked into your computer’s USB port. If it’s loose, just fasten it with your fingers.
  • Locate and push the oval-shaped reset button on the bottom of the mouse. The button must be held down for at least four seconds.
  • Release the mouse button and move it around to test the pointer. The mouse should now be reset and operational.


  • Using USB receivers, test the wireless connection with the Dell wireless mouse.
  • Check that the USB receiver is turned on. On the receiver of some Dell models, there is a little button. Wait for the little light to turn on after pressing it. If the light does not show, disconnect the receiver and connect it to another USB port on the PC casing.
  • Examine the Bluetooth connection. Begin by looking for your Bluetooth icon (see Resources) in the bottom right corner of your desktop. To see all of the icons, you may need to click on the little arrow.
  • Right-click the Bluetooth logo to ensure the connection is active. If it isn’t, choose “Make visible” or “Turn Bluetooth on.” Wait for the symbol to illuminate. To sync the mouse, press the little power button at the bottom of the mouse.
  • • Detach the mouse’s batteries and switch it off. Replace the batteries. Most Dell wireless mice use AA alkaline batteries.
  • Ascertain that the mouse is on a non-reflective surface. To keep reflected objects from disturbing the mouse’s optics, place a typical size piece of printer paper beneath the mouse.
  • To ensure that the mouse is turned on and receiving a signal from the USB receiver or Bluetooth, press the little connect button on the mouse’s base. If you accidentally reset your receiver, computer, or Bluetooth connection, you may need to click this button again to link your device.


  • Disconnect the mouse from the computer.
  • Using a Q-Tip gently moistened with rubbing alcohol, clean the sensor.
  • Allow the sensor to dry for five minutes before attempting to use the mouse again.
  • To further isolate any issues, try plugging the mouse onto another USB port or another computer.

If cleaning the sensor does not resolve the problem, readjust your mouse’s Surface Calibration:

  • Connect the mouse to your computer’s USB port.
  • Place the mouse flat on the mouse mat or your preferred surface.
  • Hold down the left-click, right-click, and mouse wheel buttons for seven seconds to reset the calibration.


  • The batteries in your Kensington wireless mouse should be replaced. For your mouse, only use the battery types advised by Kensington.
  • Make sure your mouse’s power switch is turned on.
  • If you’re using a Bluetooth mouse, enable Bluetooth on your PC.
  • Relocating other 2.4 GHz equipment, such as wireless speakers or cordless phones, can help to reduce interference.
  • Connect the mouse receiver to another USB port. Do not connect the receiver to a USB hub.
  • Check that your mouse is within the USB receiver’s stated range (usually 30 feet).
  • Update your mouse drivers to the most recent version compatible with your operating system.


  • Click “Start,” then in the Search box, type “Device Manager.”
  • From the list of results, select “Device Manager.” The Device Manager dialog box appears.
  • In the Device Manager window, click the little arrow next to “Mice and Other Pointing Devices,” and then right-click the mouse’s name.
  • Choose “Properties” from the pop-up menu, then the “Driver” tab.
  • In the pop-up box, click “Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software” after clicking the “Update Driver” button. The system automatically locates and installs the most recent mouse driver. Close the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  • Reboot your computer.

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Harry is the online editor of the Mouse Radar. In his spare time from writing articles, he prefers to play various games with good music. He plans to play his favorite RTS series Red Alert again and play Elden Ring.

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