Solved: Left Click Not Working in Windows 10

Solved: Left Click Not Working in Windows 10

We had a call from a customer today with a very peculiar problem – left click had stopped working on their Windows 10 machine but only on some areas of the operating system such as the start menu and task bar.  The mouse was physically ok, the drivers were good and it worked in some applications within Windows.

Windows 10 App Re-Register

This can because by Windows 10 apps misbehaving so its worth running a Powershell command to re-register them all:

  • Right click at Start button
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) (its important to run this as an admin)
  • When the Command Prompt appears, type Powershell and press enter
  • Wait until the Powershell prompt appears: PS C:\windows\system32>
  • At the Powershell prompt paste the following command:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Press Enter

You will now see the Powershell iterate through all of the Windows 10 packages and re-register them.  There will be some warning messages in red which can be generally disregarded.

Scan the Windows 10 File System

Next we used the SFC.exe utility to scan the Windows 10 OS file system for problems:

  • Right click at Start button
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) (its important to run this as an admin)
  • When the Command Prompt appears, type the following command:
    sfc /scannow
  • Press Enter

You will now get one of the following results from the test:

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations
This indicates that your system doesn’t have any missing or corrupted files – you need to look elsewhere for the problem.

Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation
This message means that there was a problem during the scan and an offline scan is required or you didn’t do it with raised privileges (as an admin)

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
You will get this message when SFC was able to fix a problem – reboot to see if its the one you hoped!

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
If you get this, you need to move on to the manually repair SFC results step below.

Manually Repair SFC Results

Once you have performed a SFC /scannow operation and received a warning about corrupt files, you may need to try and fix them manually.  Its worth noting here that many people had to run the SFC/ scannow command and reboot multiple times to get all the issues resolved so I would recommend that first.

If it doesn’t then the chances are that the local redundant copy of the files being repaired are also corrupt, try the following commands to repair them:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Then repeat the SFC steps above.  If still no luck:

Locate and open the CBS.log (generally at c:\windows\logs\cbs\cbs.log)

Review the log entries and note down the specific files causing a problem.  Source replacement files and overwrite the problem ones.  Its impossible to give specific guidance here as depending on what the files are, different sources will need to be used!

If all else fails, I’m afraid a reinstall of Windows 10 is probably in order.

Bob McKay

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13 comments on «Solved: Left Click Not Working in Windows 10»

  1. Sittie says:

    everytime I opened a file using the left click then it will load and wont open the open with or share button wont appeard but I tried it with a folder thrn it runs except the files or a picture. my laptop is azus and im using wodiws 10, help me tp fix it

  2. Helen says:

    Thanks. I went through the steps you outlined and my left click option is working now. Really appreciate your help.

  3. Ezka says:

    This is great, everything works perfectly after running the powershell command. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not found this, you saved me from a lot of frustration. Thank you so much!

  4. Kevin Bishop says:

    After running the scannow command and getting the “found corrupt files response etc”. I tried each of the suggested commands under “Manual Repair SFC Results” namely
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    and regret to say got the same result each time – error 87. So still have the problem with the “perl” button.

    The strange thing is that I have had this problem before and after a few weeks, everything reverts to normal without notice. So it seems there is an intermittent fault in the operating system. Seems I have to live with it.

  5. RV says:

    A question to ask oneself; “Why would left click not work when Windows 10 cloud components are removed…”

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Thanks for the comment RV! I’ll be honest when it comes to Windows 10 I have many questions! 🙂

  6. E says:

    there is no any error but still start button not working

  7. MICHELLE ZYGLIS says:

    I am not able to get passed the first step – Reregister Windows App. Any idea what this means?
    Cannot run a document in the middle of a pipeline: C:\WINDOWS\system32\Get-AppXPackage.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopm …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (C:\WINDOWS\system32\Get-AppXPackage:String) [], RuntimeException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CantActivateDocumentInPipeline

  8. SmurfK says:

    I got only errors with the first step, but 33% through scanning in step 2 my mouse is clicking again. Not sure how, but this seemed to fix it. Thank you.

  9. SmurfK says:

    Also, I could not run cmd as admin without the mouse working. I had to cmd:
    powershell -Command “Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs”

  10. good man did the job, i can see where error comes from now, windows 10, what can i say as a software man i did like xp, Microsoft have made another windows me or vista hash up with10? or so it appears at times, i knew XP worked and how to make it work,but10 is a “-i wont say its impolite eh- “

  11. Sammy says:

    This did not work for me. Test came clear – no errors! So I guess I have to look somewhere else.
    I am not connected to cloud. I hope this is not the cause! Windows 10 sold itself on being more secure and more stable. I actually now think Windows 7 was better. I never had such problems!

  12. Joost says:

    Thanks A lot! I only filled in the commands and press enter, the first command solved my problem already. Thanks a lot again 🙂

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