I’ve spent a day trying to fix an issue.
My 2018 MacBook Pro suddenly stopped registering clicks. I could still move the mouse, use gestures, and use the keyboard, but I could not click.
A restart seemed to fix things.
Until the issue came back.
I reset NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC like any good Mac troubleshooting.
I unplugged my laptop and let it die.
Each time the issue came back after some time.
However, I realized it wasn’t that clicks weren’t registering; a click would randomly occur and never stop holding. And that held click rendered me unable to click anything else.
After spending half a day on this issue, I decided I was finally going to jump to macOS Monterey. I’ve enjoyed Catalina and don’t prefer the new UI “upgrades,” yet, I backed up my laptop, cleaned some space, and begrudgingly updated to Monterey.
Incensed, the issue persisted.
I began looking (dreaming) at new M1 MacBooks—no more butterfly keys, no more touch bar, no more issues.
And then, as I was running an Apple Hardware Test, I saw it…
The dumbest solution to an issue I have ever seen.
What had I struggled most of the day for? What had prevented me from clicking?
A tissue box.
A tissue box I had placed this morning.
A tissue box placed right on my Bluetooth Magic Trackpad—usually only connected to my 2012 MacBook Pro, but had connected to this one.