How to Fix Sticky Laptop Mouse Key

Updated February 21, 2017

The laptop mouse, or touch pad, requires users to touch, scroll and click to navigate through the computer. Dirty hands and oils from your finger tips, spills and frequent or long term use can cause residue to build up on and in between the touch pad keys. The keys can stick, resulting in difficult and unwanted behaviour from the touch pad. Clean it using a few household items for smooth, efficient operation.

Turn off and unplug the laptop.

Spray compressed air at an angle into the crevices around the sticky keys. This can help dislodge any dust or debris inside the cracks that cause the keys to stick. Use a toothpick to remove anything visible that won't come out of the cracks. Don't push the toothpick far down into the crevice.

Dampen a soft cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe the keys to remove any surface residue or debris.

Dip a cotton swab into the alcohol and wipe the edges of the keys to remove any left over residue.


Don't saturate the mouse key in alcohol.

Things You'll Need

  • Compressed air
  • Toothpick
  • Soft cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
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Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.