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Question: Macbook won't left click, but WILL right click.

A curious problem.


Over the last few days my MacBook Pro 13 Inch, from 2010 running OSX 10.6.8, has stopped clicking a few times.


A worn out track pad, you would think. But my magic mouse doesn't click either. And the real kicker is I can still RIGHT click, both with two fingers on the trackpad AND with my magic mouse. I just can't click normally on anything. It's not frozen, as I can still right click, and even navigate between programs using four-finger swipe for expose (then swiping back with the mouse over the program I want), and use keyboard commands to save and quite programs.


It's as though it's just ignoring of my clicking, both from the trackpad AND the magic mouse.


It does it out of the blue, and I have had to shut down and restart a few times. But scarily, the last time it did it I couldn't click even after restarting. I then unlugged the power cord and restarted in safe mode and it's working - for now.


Seems unlikely, but the only thing that it's coincided with are a pair of new Seagate Expansion 1TB hard drives I recently bought. It seems every time the click has frozen, one of these has been plugged in. But I've used this type of hard drive and many others constantly over the years. Correlation or causation?


Anyone had anything similar, or can shed some light on this?


Thanks.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

Posted on May 22, 2013 8:16 PM

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Dec 16, 2013 9:32 AM in response to The_ RGG In response to The_ RGG

I have been reseaching this problem for the past couple hours because I am dealing with the exact same thing.

I have found two solutions and possible causes.


First, try turning off bluetooth completely. Sometimes if you have a paired mouse or paired device it causes the left click to stop working.

Once you try that and its most likely not the problem, well then I think its your battery. When the battery gets old and starts to go, it will expand. The battery expands and puts pressure on the back of the track pad causing it not to work.


I am buying a new battery so I will let you know the result.


My sources and info came from the following forum, well that one and many others. I know this is a late responce but i hope it helps others.


https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2383183?answerId=12427481022#12427481022

Dec 16, 2013 9:32 AM

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May 22, 2013 8:42 PM in response to Wayne Contello In response to Wayne Contello

Thanks Wayne,


Trackpad settings are fine, at least right now. When it stops clicking however I can't get in there to check. It seems unlikely that they would spontaneously change though, along with the settings for my Magic Mouse as well.


I'll try resetting the PRAM and hope it doesn't happen again.


Thanks!

May 22, 2013 8:42 PM

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Dec 16, 2013 9:32 AM in response to The_ RGG In response to The_ RGG

I have been reseaching this problem for the past couple hours because I am dealing with the exact same thing.

I have found two solutions and possible causes.


First, try turning off bluetooth completely. Sometimes if you have a paired mouse or paired device it causes the left click to stop working.

Once you try that and its most likely not the problem, well then I think its your battery. When the battery gets old and starts to go, it will expand. The battery expands and puts pressure on the back of the track pad causing it not to work.


I am buying a new battery so I will let you know the result.


My sources and info came from the following forum, well that one and many others. I know this is a late responce but i hope it helps others.


https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2383183?answerId=12427481022#12427481022

Dec 16, 2013 9:32 AM

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May 22, 2016 1:10 PM in response to Wayne Contello In response to Wayne Contello

Yes! i i was also having that problem and my MacBook would not click left but would to the right. I did this and figured it out by myself but then i seen yours. I just wanted to tell everyone that this worked for me. It was weird because i had just gotten this macbook not even a week ago lol. thanks again!

May 22, 2016 1:10 PM

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Jan 3, 2017 11:31 PM in response to The_ RGG In response to The_ RGG

I had the same exact same problem, but it had no temporary fix, and it was so frustrating, I tried all the simple solutions I could find online that didn't require me clicking at all, but I couldn't turn off my Bluetooth or check any settings with only my right clicker working, eventually I got really angry and just smooshed down the track pad and kept pressing it really hard... and that actually worked, it seemed that there was something under the track pad that I'd managed to move or squish

Jan 3, 2017 11:31 PM

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