Ninja Mouse! PC Mouse Silent Click Tutorial Silent Mouse

Loud Mouse Clicks are a thing of the past!
Loud Mouse Clicks are a thing of the past!

Silent Mouse Click Ninja Mouse Video Tutorial

Silent Mouse Clicks DIY Step by Step Tutorial Ninja Mouse Silent PC Mouse

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DISCLAIMER **** You can destroy your mouse if you do this incorrectly. Please read all steps and research anything about your mouse prior to attempting this. Although this is an easy project, practicing on an old mouse would be an excellent idea if you are unsure about your skill level with small electronic parts.


Skill Level: 3/5 Moderate ( Some experience with small electronics preferred)

Time to complete project: 1-2 Hours (give or take depending on skill level)


If you work with computers a lot like I do then you may run into the annoyance of loud or annoying mouse clicks and will probably want to make a silent pc mouse for yourself. Sometimes others may be bothered by a loud mouse click when they are trying to study or sleep and will prefer a quite clicking computer mouse. Loud mouse clicks can be compared to someone tapping their finger or 'snapping' their chewing gum and are the opposite of a silent clicking computer mouse. Usually, the person being 'loud' or 'annoying' doesn't even notice they are doing anything to bother others, but they would not be annoying anymore if they had a silent pc mouse!

With this tutorial you will be able to see a step-by-step guide to virtually silence your pc mouse which has loud audible click sounds turning it into a valued silent computer mouse. We first must understand why the mouse is so loud with each click, then we can correctly fix this unwanted noise and truly make our own silent clicking mouse or ninja mouse.

The majority of parts which make a common loud computer mouse today are manufactured with cost in mind instead of quality or performance. This applies to the body of the loud pc mouse all the way down to the buttons on a loud computer mouse. Most parts inside a loud computer mouse are made of plastic or super thin, cheap metals to save on manufacturing costs inside the loud pc mouse. Unfortunately we have some negative side effects of cheap quality parts inside a loud computer mouse which will make us want to make our own silent pc mouse to use instead. Anything moving on or inside the loud clicking mouse will usually produce a typical 'plastic' type sound when moved or interacted within the loud pc mouse causing loud mouse clicks. That is why when you click a loud mouse button it has a really loud, audible 'CLICK' from the loud mouse buttons.

This DIY tutorial will effectively silence the loud mouse clicks under the finger buttons in most current loud computer mouse devices. The method used in this silent pc mouse tutorial, assuming the correct use and placement of the memory foam, will not affect the performance of your 'new' silent pc mouse buttons. The new silent computer mouse will still have the same resistance as before when it was a loud computer mouse with loud mouse clicks and loud mouse buttons, and they will still be just as easy to click as when they were on the loud pc mouse with the loud pc mouse buttons. The only difference with your new silent pc mouse than from your old loud pc mouse is that you will notice there is virtually no sound coming from the actual silent mouse button switch anymore, certainly nothing like when the mouse had loud pc mouse clicks before when it was a loud pc mouse..


Step 1: Acquire Loud Clicking Computer Mouse and Needed Tools/Materials

Most newer computer mice will have the typical loud plastic click sound when you press their buttons that will push you towards wanting a silent computer mouse for yourself. Most (but not all) computer mice will be easy to turn into a great silent mouse. This depends on what type of switches the pc mouse has under the finger buttons in order to turn this into a silent mouse or ninja mouse. In the next steps we will find out what kind of switches our mouse has and if we can make the loud computer mouse into a silent computer mouse. Don't worry! This is very easy and you are quickly getting closer to making your own silent computer mouse!

Make sure your computer mouse is unplugged from your computer before working on it.

What you will need for this project:

- Loud clicking mouse (most newer laser mice are okay)

- Screwdriver(s) for removing mouse cover and internal parts if required. You may need more than one type or size of screwdriver. I used a small philips head screwdriver to remove all screws required. This is all that you should need, but be prepared to run into a special screw head requiring a special screwdriver bit to remove.

- Small flat blade. Either a razor blade, small pocket knife blade or thin metal paint spatula would work. Always use caution when using sharp blades or objects with your hands.

- Flat working surface with good lighting. Preferably something away from any electrical devices since we are working on internal components of an electronic device. Ideally a anti-static work table setup would be ideal but is not necessary if a certain level of care is taken.

- Small tweezers or needle nose pliers. I personally can work on very small devices without the use of tools such as tweezers or needle nose pliers, but for this project you will most likely need them.

- Scissors. For cutting the foam we will be putting inside the mouse switch. The better the scissors the better, as this is a very small piece of foam we are cutting. It will need to be fairly accurately cut in order to work correctly. A sharp razor blade can be carefully used in place of scissors if you do not have any.

- Small piece of high grade Memory Foam or similar material. This is the most important piece of making the mouse clicks silent. Without this it will not work correctly. A similar material may be used if you do not have access to any memory foam. I used my memory foam from a piece cut from an old Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam Pillow. A hard foam such as Styrofoam will not work! It must be soft but snap back into place like memory foam does.

Hubpages member Gertsen has found a way to get a small piece of high-grade memory foam from Tempur-Pedic Here for Free if you live in the United States!

-- MEMORY FOAM is used because it stays true to shape longer than cheap foam. It also is a tighter density than cheaper foam. When compressed inside the switch the memory foam sandwiches the metal contact tab and fully dampens the sound on the metal tab and the plastic body of the switch. Cheaper lower density foam will most likely work, but may not fully dampen the sound from the switch. If you need any foam, contact me and we can work something out to get you some memory foam inserts for your switches.

- Magnifying lenses if needed. I did not need any magnification lenses to do this project except when I was taking some of the pictures for the tutorial. I have pretty good eyesight so I am assuming that many will probably appreciate having magnification of some sort handy.



Step 2: Taking Apart the Loud Computer Mouse Carefully

Bottom view  of loud pc mouse before turning it into a silent computer mouse.
Bottom view of loud pc mouse before turning it into a silent computer mouse. | Source
Removing any pads or covers on loud computer mouse which block access to screws.
Removing any pads or covers on loud computer mouse which block access to screws. | Source
Removing last cover over screws  on the bottom of the loud pc mouse so we can make our silent pc mouse
Removing last cover over screws on the bottom of the loud pc mouse so we can make our silent pc mouse | Source

Step 3: Removing Screws and Cables to Separate Loud PC Mouse Top from Bottom

Showing all covers removed to reveal 4 screws. Your mouse may vary. My mouse uses standard philips head screws. Your mouse may have a not so common screw head. Be prepared to buy a special screwdriver if needed. ninja mouse
Showing all covers removed to reveal 4 screws. Your mouse may vary. My mouse uses standard philips head screws. Your mouse may have a not so common screw head. Be prepared to buy a special screwdriver if needed. ninja mouse | Source
All screws removed to allow opening of mouse. (This mouse had 4 screws needed to be removed, yours may vary). Set aside all small parts in a container so you don't lose them! your new ninja mouse is almost ready!
All screws removed to allow opening of mouse. (This mouse had 4 screws needed to be removed, yours may vary). Set aside all small parts in a container so you don't lose them! your new ninja mouse is almost ready! | Source
If necessary, use a flat blade to GENTLY pry open the mouse.  A small, dull butter knife will work great. Use caution as to not jam into the inside of the mouse to avoid damage to internal workings of the mouse.  almost ready for your ninja mouse!
If necessary, use a flat blade to GENTLY pry open the mouse. A small, dull butter knife will work great. Use caution as to not jam into the inside of the mouse to avoid damage to internal workings of the mouse. almost ready for your ninja mouse! | Source
This small ribbon cable must be carefully removed before mouse top and bottom can be separated. Your mouse may vary. Check the mouse inside before separating any parts from one another.  Damaging any of these connected cables would not be good.
This small ribbon cable must be carefully removed before mouse top and bottom can be separated. Your mouse may vary. Check the mouse inside before separating any parts from one another. Damaging any of these connected cables would not be good. | Source

Step 4: Loud Computer Mouse Switches Ready for Silencing!

Top and bottom of mouse have been separated. Your mouse will be similar, but undoubtedly look different than mine on the inside unless you have the same mouse I do.  ninja mouse diy.
Top and bottom of mouse have been separated. Your mouse will be similar, but undoubtedly look different than mine on the inside unless you have the same mouse I do. ninja mouse diy. | Source
3 yellow arrows showing the 3 buttons/switches which may be silenced. Arrow on the left is the left mouse button switch. The middle arrow is the middle switch, and the right arrow is the right switch. silent pc mouse clicks.
3 yellow arrows showing the 3 buttons/switches which may be silenced. Arrow on the left is the left mouse button switch. The middle arrow is the middle switch, and the right arrow is the right switch. silent pc mouse clicks. | Source
Pointing to the part of this particular switch's cover clip latching point. Your switch covers  should  be similar. Check before attempting this next step.
Pointing to the part of this particular switch's cover clip latching point. Your switch covers should be similar. Check before attempting this next step. | Source
close up shot of the latching point of this specific kind of switch. This switch has another identical tab on the opposite side of it that will come off once we un-clip the first side.
close up shot of the latching point of this specific kind of switch. This switch has another identical tab on the opposite side of it that will come off once we un-clip the first side. | Source
Use caution here as the switch can now be damaged very easily! *************** First side of this switch is up and now we can GENTLY 'wiggle' it off the other clip on the other side of the switch.  ninja mouse silent computer mouse.
Use caution here as the switch can now be damaged very easily! *************** First side of this switch is up and now we can GENTLY 'wiggle' it off the other clip on the other side of the switch. ninja mouse silent computer mouse. | Source
Notice the small gray material that looks like putty on top of the switch. This is sticky material for hanging posters on walls. It is holding the small white piece of the switch so it won't be lost when we take apart the switch. ninja mouse tutorial
Notice the small gray material that looks like putty on top of the switch. This is sticky material for hanging posters on walls. It is holding the small white piece of the switch so it won't be lost when we take apart the switch. ninja mouse tutorial | Source
This is the switch cover removed. Notice the small white piece in the foreground. This is the part that presses the internal switch piece that makes the actual CLICK sound we hate. Don't lose this or you will be done! ninja mouse!
This is the switch cover removed. Notice the small white piece in the foreground. This is the part that presses the internal switch piece that makes the actual CLICK sound we hate. Don't lose this or you will be done! ninja mouse! | Source
The small switch is on the left with a piece of orange memory foam already placed inside the switch. The dime is for size comparison. If you cannot work on something this small then have assistance or stop working on this until you are comfortable.
The small switch is on the left with a piece of orange memory foam already placed inside the switch. The dime is for size comparison. If you cannot work on something this small then have assistance or stop working on this until you are comfortable. | Source
Side shot of my memory foam piece. This foam is from the inside of a Tempur-pedic Memory Foam pillow. This is high grade foam. I recommend only high grade memory foam.  DO NOT USE RIGID FOAMS SUCH AS STYROFOAM, they won't work. ninja mouse!
Side shot of my memory foam piece. This foam is from the inside of a Tempur-pedic Memory Foam pillow. This is high grade foam. I recommend only high grade memory foam. DO NOT USE RIGID FOAMS SUCH AS STYROFOAM, they won't work. ninja mouse! | Source
Small memory foam piece next to dime to show thickness of the piece we need. Get ready for your new silent pc mouse ninja mouse!
Small memory foam piece next to dime to show thickness of the piece we need. Get ready for your new silent pc mouse ninja mouse! | Source
Same piece of memory foam showing the width of the piece we need.  Getting close to your new silent computer mouse with your new ninja mouse with silent clicking mouse buttons!
Same piece of memory foam showing the width of the piece we need. Getting close to your new silent computer mouse with your new ninja mouse with silent clicking mouse buttons! | Source
Our small piece of memory foam now cut into 7 small pieces.  Ninja mouse is almost ready to be a new silent clicking computer mouse!
Our small piece of memory foam now cut into 7 small pieces. Ninja mouse is almost ready to be a new silent clicking computer mouse! | Source
Take one of those small pieces and start to insert it into the center of the metal clicker switch. See next picture for a closer view. ninja mouse
Take one of those small pieces and start to insert it into the center of the metal clicker switch. See next picture for a closer view. ninja mouse | Source
Magnified shot of the switch with the small piece of memory foam just above it waiting to be inserted into the switch. better than if you were to buy silent pc mouse online!
Magnified shot of the switch with the small piece of memory foam just above it waiting to be inserted into the switch. better than if you were to buy silent pc mouse online! | Source
Start by using some tweezers to GENTLY push/pull the piece of memory foam through this part of the switch. It MUST be done very carefully and it MUST be done on this part of the switch only! your new ninja mouse is almost ready!
Start by using some tweezers to GENTLY push/pull the piece of memory foam through this part of the switch. It MUST be done very carefully and it MUST be done on this part of the switch only! your new ninja mouse is almost ready! | Source
Notice how the foam piece is now pulled about half way through the switch's metal contact piece. Make sure no foam has been jammed in between the metal contacting points of the switch.
Notice how the foam piece is now pulled about halfway through the switch's metal contact piece. Make sure no foam has been jammed in between the metal contacting points of the switch. | Source
Top view of the same piece of foam on the switch showing it pulled about half way through the metal contact tab. ninja mouse
Top view of the same piece of foam on the switch showing it pulled about half way through the metal contact tab. ninja mouse | Source
Using a knife or small pointed objected, GENTLY press down on the small strip of metal going across the metal switch tab. This is the contact point of the switch when it is pressed down.  silent clicking ninja mouse
Using a knife or small pointed objected, GENTLY press down on the small strip of metal going across the metal switch tab. This is the contact point of the switch when it is pressed down. silent clicking ninja mouse | Source
GENTLY press up and down. Feel for the click of the mouse button. If done correctly it will be nearly silent. Adjust to your liking. Will be more silent once switch cover is installed again.
GENTLY press up and down. Feel for the click of the mouse button. If done correctly it will be nearly silent. Adjust to your liking. Will be more silent once switch cover is installed again. | Source
Carefully replace the switch cover. Use care when replacing the small white portion of the button. This is easy to lose. Gently snap the cover evenly back on top of the switch. If not easy to do trim/adjust memory foam piece in the switch, try again.
Carefully replace the switch cover. Use care when replacing the small white portion of the button. This is easy to lose. Gently snap the cover evenly back on top of the switch. If not easy to do trim/adjust memory foam piece in the switch, try again. | Source
Plug in your mouse before putting back together and test your click button for silence and functionality. Use the knife point to GENTLY press on the white button. This should now register as a SILENT CLICK!
Plug in your mouse before putting back together and test your click button for silence and functionality. Use the knife point to GENTLY press on the white button. This should now register as a SILENT CLICK! | Source

Final Step

Assemble everything in the reverse order of removal. Everything should go back together easily. If you have to force something then you are probably doing it wrong. Do not force anything. If you are having to use more effort than normal you should take the mouse apart and check for anything causing hang-ups with assembling the mouse.

If a switch is broken or the metal piece of the switch is dislodged from the rest of the switch you will need to use tweezers or needle nose pliers to put the switch back together. If parts of the actual switch break (meaning they snapped in half or bent beyond repair) you will need to replace the switch or switch cover or repair it correctly for it to function normally. I dislodged one of the metal contact pads inside one of the switches I was working on. It took me about 5 minutes to get it back in correctly. They must be inserted back in a certain way. Study the way it looks before working on the inside of the switch in case something happens with the inside of the switch. Replacing a broken switch will be much more difficult than the rest of this tutorial and will most likely take some intermediate soldering skills at the very least. Use caution inside the mouse, but mostly inside the actual switch(es) as they are very delicate.

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Gertsen 22 months ago from Denmark

Very nice guide.

Just thought I'd mention that you can get a free sample of high grade memory foam directly from Tempur Pedic here, if you're from the United States:

http://www.tempurpedic.com/our-company/information...

Free samples (information kits) are available in many other countries too, you just need to go to the national tempur website (if one is available in your country), and order it from there.

Completely free.


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R. Anderson 22 months ago from Sunny California USA Author

Thank you Gertsen! I will add that to this tutorial. I was working on another mouse last night and I really think the memory foam plays a huge role in making this work correctly.


Cann 18 months ago

Thank you thank you thank you!

This tutorial was very useful, i just want to share my experience to it. During the part when you add the memory foam, my inserted memory foam was not working as to silence but was getting in the way, so I put very small piece of ducttape (2 layers) in between the magnet and top hook.

And voila! now i have a Super Silent Ninja Mouse.

I'm thinking of doing this to every single mouse in my office (4-5 pcs) as they are gettin on my nerves. LOL..

Thanks again for the great tutorial.


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R. Anderson 18 months ago from Sunny California USA Author

You are very welcome! I game a lot and the click started bothering me as well so that is why I thought of this. I am glad you got the duct tape pieces to work. Whatever makes those small switches not click so loud is what we want, so well done. cheers


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Brendan Mesick 17 months ago

Great article. The only thing that I find that could help is to let people know of some basic mice that you know have the right switches. My Microsoft mouse has totally different types of switches (small and square... and still loud) and I really have no idea if the mice I'm looking at online have the proper switches that are needed. I actually just got my memory foam in the mail. Maybe I should take a gamble with some cheap mice online, I don't know.


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R. Anderson 17 months ago from Sunny California USA Author

Hi Brendan,

I really am not sure what mice have the correct switches. I was not aware that microsoft used those types of switches as I do not have any MS mice around anymore. I am pretty sure that Logitech mice mostly have those switches and probably most mice generally have those switches as well. look for your traditional 'clicker' mice with a loud click you can feel on your finger tips. It should be a metallic feeling click the sort of vibrates for a split second after you click the button. The softer click mice much like Apple mice are probably not going to have the correct switches to silent using my tutorial.

Great to hear your foam has arrived! It is the one thing in my tutorial that I would really recommend people getting. I have used all sorts of things and the foam worked best. It stays in place well, is easy to cut to the correct shape/size, and it does not lose its shape or size over time much like a lot of other material will.

Good luck and try a cheap Logitech mouse and I bet you will be able to use the foam to silent it. Post your results so we can learn from your project!


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Brendan Mesick 17 months ago

R. Anderson,

I got a mouse very quickly after doing some research on a good and cheap one with switches like this, and got a Etekcity M555 mouse. I got to work immediately.

One interesting thing is that after carefully trying to get the switch boxes open for a half an hour, I realized that the latches were on the opposite sides unlike the ones on your mouse in the tutorial! They also weren't really visible. So that is definitely something to look out for. They came off a little differently, and in the process of doing it my first time I actually dislodged the switch 'plate' and then spent almost 2 hours attempting to get it in place just to work normally! It was a nightmare.

I almost thought I wasn't going to be able to do it, but I miraculously got the plate back on and the foam in both switches and it works amazingly well. I can't say it was easy.. it was a little stressful but I eventually did it. Even though it *is* possible to place the plate back if you dislodge it, its shape needs to be perfect to sit on the switch, and placing it back on is like setting up the world's tiniest mouse trap, haha.

The only other minor thing was that I had to bend a red LED that was bent around the right-click switch, and bending it too much could potentially break it. I also wanted to set up the middle-click switch, but I couldn't pull the wheel out to actually get to the switch. I rarely ever use the middle-click anyway.

Thanks so much for this! I'm very happy with how this turned out.


Gabe 15 months ago

I am using a pretty thin knife and I have the same rectangular boxes and the same latches but they won't latch off, please help


Dave 8 months ago

Wish there was a video to compare the before and after sound of doing this mod.


Se├ín 5 months ago

I got a disturbing amount of satisfaction from this. Deadening near silence. Perfect.


Noble Alfred 4 months ago

Thanks, just did it myself, though I didn't have all the tools, through improvisation I did it. Unbelievably better now, the clicking was driving me INSANE as I was playing Diablo 2. Thanks again.


Why 3 months ago

Why do they even make it with clicking sounds?


Christophe 3 weeks ago

I spent a few hours trying to fill the switch's metal piece without much success. Maybe it was because of my foam but anyway I ended up folowing another way instead which is eaisier and now my mouse is way less noisy. http://www.instructables.com/id/Ninja-Mouse-The-Si...

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