How Do You Reset a Wireless Mouse?

In the absence of a reset button, power cycling the mouse or removing the USB dongle from the computer can help to reset a wireless mouse. Some mice even have programs through which users can reset the mouse via the computer.

Resetting a wireless mouse takes only seconds and can greatly increase its usefulness.

Step 1: Locate the reset button

The reset button is located on the bottom of the mouse, typically near the power switch. It is usually a recessed button, and users can access it by using an unbent paperclip and pressing the button for up to 10 seconds. Some mice do not have a reset button, so users must try other reset options.

Step 2: Power cycle the mouse

If the reset button either did not work or is not present, power cycling may help. Turn off the mouse or remove the batteries for at least 10 seconds. Turn the power switch back to the on position or reinsert the batteries, and see if that resolves the problem.

Step 3: Remove the USB dongle

After power cycling, removing the wireless mouse’s USB dongle is the next step. Pull the dongle straight out of the USB port, and leave it disconnected for at least 10 seconds. Reinsert the dongle and allow the mouse to reconnect.

Step 4: Use the mouse’s software

If the mouse came with external software to facilitate its control, open the program. Use the program’s interface to reset the mouse’s connection with the computer.