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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.
-- 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
Step 3: Removing Screws and Cables to Separate Loud PC Mouse Top from Bottom
Step 4: Loud Computer Mouse Switches Ready for Silencing!
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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