How to double click on mac mouse

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2024 by

If you’re a new Mac user, you may have noticed that the mouse behaves differently than on a PC. One of the most common issues that new Mac users face is figuring out how to double click on the mouse. In this article, we will go over the steps to enable double click on a Mac mouse and provide some troubleshooting tips if it’s not working properly.

Mac Mouse Settings

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to understand the different settings for the Mac mouse. By default, the Mac mouse is set to a single click, meaning you only need to click once to open a file or folder. However, you can change this setting to a double click, which is more similar to a PC mouse.

To access the mouse settings, go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.” Then, click on “Mouse” in the Hardware section. Here, you can adjust the tracking speed, scrolling direction, and other settings for your mouse.

Enabling Double Click

To enable double click on your Mac mouse, simply click on the “Double-Click Speed” slider and adjust it to your desired speed. You can test the speed by double clicking on a file or folder in the Finder. If it’s not working properly, try adjusting the speed until you find the right setting for you.

Troubleshooting Double Click

If you’ve adjusted the double click speed and it’s still not working, there may be an issue with your mouse. First, try cleaning the mouse and the surface it’s being used on. Dust and debris can interfere with the mouse’s functionality. You can also try using a different mouse to see if the issue is with the mouse itself.

If the issue persists, you may need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac. To do this, shut down your Mac and unplug the power cord. Then, hold down the power button for 10 seconds and release. Plug the power cord back in and turn on your Mac. This should reset the SMC and may fix any issues with the mouse.

Mac Mouse Double Click Not Working

If your Mac mouse is not double clicking at all, there may be an issue with the mouse settings. Make sure the “Double-Click Speed” slider is set to a reasonable speed and try adjusting it if necessary. You can also try resetting the mouse settings by clicking on the “Restore Defaults” button in the Mouse settings.

If the issue persists, there may be a hardware issue with the mouse. Try using a different mouse to see if the problem is with the mouse itself. If the other mouse works properly, you may need to replace your current mouse.


By adjusting the mouse settings and troubleshooting any issues, you should now be able to double click on your Mac mouse. Remember, the default setting is a single click, so if you prefer that, you can always switch back to it in the Mouse settings. If you’re still having trouble, reach out to Apple support for further assistance.

Have you had any issues with your Mac mouse? Let us know in the comments.

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