Mouse clicks don't register when macbook air lid is closed

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by neopan, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2013
    At first I thought it was an issue with my mouse...However the problem persists even getting a new mouse. I have noticed that sometimes mouse clicks/hovers/scroll stops working when the lid of my 13'' macbook air from 2011 is closed. My fix so far is to open up the lid, and for some reason, everything works perfectly. Anyone else run into the same problem? After a few google searches, still yields me fruitless.

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Because your computer sleeps when you close the lid?
  3. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Perhaps check that nothing is pressing against the trackpad or the keyboard. If the keyboard is pressed or the touchpad is clicked, then you won't be able to click, scroll, etc.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Because lid close = forced sleep.

    To prevent this u have to run in clamshell mode via a third party software.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    You need no third party software. Just plug in the external monitor. I use mine that way daily with a bluetooth keyboard, track pad, and magic mouse. Works fine.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2013
    This is the case for me i would say 90% of the time, but every now and then it just stops working...I've tried making sure that nothing is pressed up against the trackpad. This issue started happening i would say when it started getting real cold here in Canada. I'm starting to think if its possible that its the static buildup on the screen. When closed, the trackpad thinks theres contact with the LCD. I'm gonna wipe down my screen with some anti static wipes, and see if that solves the problem.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Is there still a setting in System Preferences along the lines of "Ignore trackpad when mouse is connected"?

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