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How to Open a Microsoft Optical Mouse

By Jeff Grundy

Cleaning your mouse may restore its function.

Microsoft mice are ergonomic, durable and generally last a long time with normal use. Occasionally, though, dirt or dust may enter the inside of the mouse through crevices near the buttons or scroll wheel. If this happens, the mouse may not track accurately or be unresponsive, which can affect your productivity and slow your business down. Generally speaking, Microsoft does not recommend repairing its mice, as simply replacing them is usually cheaper and easier. However, you may be able to extend the life of your Microsoft optical mouse if you open it and perform a thorough cleaning.

Disconnect the Microsoft optical mouse from the USB port on the computer. Remove the battery from the mouse if you have a wireless model.

Clean the exterior surfaces of the mouse with the lint-free cloth and some denatured alcohol. Clean the upper and part of the mouse, as well as the base that sits on your table or desk. Allow the denatured alcohol to dry completely before continuing.

Flip the optical mouse over, and then use the awl to gently remove the rubber pads that cover the screws on the base. Ensure that you do not tear or otherwise damage the pads, as you will need to reuse them later.

Use a small jeweler's Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the four screws from the bottom of the mouse. Set the screws aside in a small bowl or container until you are ready to reassemble the mouse.

Use the awl or sharp-tipped scribe to pry apart and separate top cover of the mouse from the base. Start at the top of the mouse where the cable enters the interior. Carefully separate the top and bottom pieces of the mouse, while ensuring that you do not break or snap the plastics tabs that hold the two pieces together. Depending on the model, there may be between three and six plastic tabs you need to disengage before you can separate the top and bottom pieces of the mouse completely.

Remove the top cover of the mouse from the base to expose the circuit board and optical light/lens assembly.

Clean the circuit board and optical light/lens assembly with canned air and cotton swabs dipped in denatured alcohol. Allow the internal components to dry completely, and then use the canned air to blow out the mouse again to remove any fibers left behind by the cotton swabs.

Reassemble the mouse by reversing the steps you used to open it.

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Warnings

  • Do not attempt to remove the buttons from their cradles and spring assemblies, as reassembling them is very difficult and requires specialty tools usually not available to consumers.

Writer Bio

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Special-edition Microsoft Bluetooth mice launch in Arctic and Forest Camo styles, pre-order now

One of the perks of working from home is that in many instances you can set your office up just the way you like. Not just with your favorite furniture, but also sleek-looking hardware and peripherals. For some, new Forest and Arctic Camo styles of the Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse styles could prove to be a visual upgrade for their workspace. Features are in line with the lineup of Microsoft’s standard and vibrant Bluetooth mouse variants, meaning users can expect 12-month battery life, a modern shape, and more. Continue reading for additional details.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse gives your desk a few splashes of color

Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mouse lineup has been colorful for quite some time, but the two latest variants take things a step further by embracing a mixture of colors to deliver a camouflage aesthetic. The Arctic style is a mixture of varying white and gray colors while the Forest unit takes things a step further by including not only a variety of green hues, but also a bright orange scroll wheel.

Some folks swear by USB dongles for wirelessly pairing a mouse and keyboard, but Bluetooth has always been a no-brainer for me. This rings especially true now that a majority of PCs, Chromebooks, and MacBooks have made it a standard feature. New and old styles of Microsoft’s Bluetooth Mouse will pair nicely with them all, and you won’t need to sacrifice a USB port.

Wireless connectivity requires some sort of power, and as with preceding units, the new colors will only need a single AA battery. Best of all, a power-efficient design means you won’t have to find a replacement for roughly 12 months. The Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse measures 100.4 x 58.2 x 38.3mm and weighs 78 grams once a battery has been added.

Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse

Pricing and availability

Unsurprisingly, the new Forest and Arctic Camo colorways cost more than other styles of the Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse. Instead of $15-20, you’ll need to set aside $24.99 for either of the new variants. No matter which offering you choose, there will be a bit of a wait since each is currently in pre-order status. The good news is that these are slated to ship on May 18, less than a month away.

9to5Toys’ Take

Microsoft nailed it with these styles. I am generally not a fan of the look of camouflage, but I think both Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse colorways look great. Arctic styling is great for all-white setups and I love that the Forest Camo has a bright orange accent color on the scroll wheel.

The universal shape paired with build quality that thousands of customers love make Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse a prime candidate for this stylish makeover. These haven’t even shipped yet, and I’m already curious what other styles Microsoft could end up shipping down the road.

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