The wheel on my mouse is not working properly

Computer MouseThe Mouse wheel or roller on the top of a wheel mouse can malfunction. Below are some tips on troubleshooting this issue and suggestions if unable to fix.

Microsoft Windows users

If you're running any version of Microsoft Windows and are encountering issues with the mouse wheel, adjust the mouse settings through the Mouse Properties window. This window can be accessed by opening the Control Panel and double-clicking the Mouse icon.

Within the Mouse Properties window, select the Wheel tab and try adjusting the number of lines to scroll the mouse or try changing the mouse to scroll one page at a time. After this has been adjusted, click Apply, and then OK. Verify this change helps correct your mouse issues.

If you're using a mouse not manufactured by Microsoft, you may also want to adjust the mouse through the program installed with the mouse. For example, Logitech mice often have software separate from Windows that allows users to adjust their mouse settings. Often these programs are accessible by clicking a mouse icon in the Systray.

Finally, if the above suggestions do not help resolve your issue, we suggest trying to install the latest drivers and software for your mouse. See the input manufacturers section for a listing of links to mouse manufacturers.

Non-Windows users

If your computer has an operating system other than Microsoft Windows, we suggest trying to reinstall the software that came with the mouse. Or, try installing the latest drivers for your operating system from the mouse manufacturers website.

Hardware issues

If after following the above steps you still are encountering issues, it's likely that the mouse is defective. We suggest contacting the mouse manufacturer for a replacement or purchasing a new mouse.

Additional information

  • See our mouse definition for further information and related links on this term.