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How to Clean a Computer Mouse

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2009

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Nothing's more annoying than moving your mouse one way while your cursor goes the other — or just stays put. Chances are a quick cleaning of this device will get you back on track.

Step 1: Shut down computer
Shut down your computer and remove the mouse from the USB port.

Step 2: Remove track ball
Flip the mouse over and twist the track ball cover to remove the ball. Tap the mouse on your hand or tabletop to remove the ball.

Step 3: Wipe off track ball
Wipe the ball with a clean, damp cloth.

Step 4: Clean mouse components
Clean the track ball compartment with a dry cloth. Use your fingernail, tweezers, or a razor to remove anything that’s caked on.

Warning
Be careful not to dislodge any tiny wires or components.

Step 5: Replace track ball and cover
Replace the track ball and cover.

Step 6: Clean exterior
Wipe down the outside of the mouse, including the cable, with a cloth sprayed with cleaner.

Tip
If you use a wireless mouse, you only need to clean the outside, not the internal components.

Step 7: Turn on computer
Plug the USB cable back in and turn on the computer. Once it’s up and running, use your mouse to make sure you’re back in business.

Did You Know?
The computer mouse celebrated its 40th birthday in December of 2008.

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