Can’t Click Anything on Desktop in Windows 10 (Solved)

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So, when you boot your computer or in the middle of something, you can’t click anything on desktop in Windows 10 PC or laptop computer. Sometimes you can’t right click anything on desktop too. If that’s what you are experience right now, here’s what you can do to fix the issue.

If you can’t click anything on Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Steam, Excel, Facebook or any website on a browser, or other software on your desktop or laptop Windows 10 computer, try to restart the software and see if it works. Otherwise, the workarounds below may also help to fix the problem.

Fix: Can’t click anything on desktop Windows 10

Kill and restart explorer.exe

One of the most common reasons for this can’t click anything on desktop Windows 10 issue to happen is that your Windows Explorer has crashed and is frozen. That will render all actions including left click and right click from your mouse input unresponsive. Restarting the explorer.exe process would usually solve the problem. Here’s how to do it.

  1. On your Windows 10 desktop, press CTRL-SHIFT-ESC keys to bring up the Task Manager.
  2. In the Task Manager, go to Details tab.
  3. Locate explorer.exe from the list of processes.
  4. Right-click it and then select End Task.Can't Click Anything on Desktop Windows 10
  5. This will kill the explorer.exe process. It’s normal to see a black screen now.
  6. Now, in the Task Manager, click on File from the menu.
  7. Select Run new task.
  8. In the Open field, type explorer.exe and then click OK.Can't Click Anything on Desktop Laptop PC
  9. This will relaunch your Windows Explorer.

After restarting your explorer.exe, retry left and right clicking with your mouse. If you still can’t click anything on your desktop in Windows 10, try the next solution.

Check your keyboard

Check your keyboard to see if there is any broken keys or long hold keys that you are not aware of. If any key especially the Spacebar, Shift, ALT and CTRL keys, is pressed and held without you knowing, it will make mouse clicking unresponsive, thus causing you to can’t click anything on desktop in Windows 10 PC or laptop computer.

You can try to temporary unplug your keyboard from your computer and restart your computer to see if it fixes the issue. If clicking works after removing your keyboard, in most cases there must be one or more keys that were continuously pressed and held without your consent. You may want to replace your keyboard with a new one or fix the problem keys.

Check if there is any software restricting you from clicking

When there is a software has the privilege to stop or restrict you from clicking anything on desktop, you won’t be able to click anything unless the software is closed or removed.

Check to see if you have any recently installed macro software, keyboard or mouse software such as Razer Synapse, hotkey programs or other software that may have the capability to interrupt how mouse clicking works in Windows 10. Try to close the software or remove it and see if it solves the issue.

Check your mouse

All solutions in this post is assuming if your mouse is working as intended. If the problem is with your mouse in the first place, you should not have wasted your time trying all the fixes around.

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Try to use a spare mouse or borrow one from another computer to see if it works on your computer.

Roll back to a previous date

If all else fails to fix your issue and if this happens is less than 10 days old, you can try to roll back your Windows 10 to a previous date. For detailed guide on how to do a system restore, read – How to System Restore Windows 10 to a Previous Date.

If the Windows 10 desktop screen or any screen totally freezes and not even keyboard input is responsive, it could indicate a hardware issue such as video card failure or a driver issue. When your screen freezes at wherever it is, nothing moves and no input can be detected, it can be a symptom signalling that your graphic card is starting to fail, causing you to can’t click anything on desktop in Windows 10 PC or laptop.

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