On Skyrim for PC, whenever a yes/no dialog pops up ("Are you sure you want to exit alchemy?"), or a dialog with just 'ok'("You learned the ___ enchantment"), I can't do anything.

I can't right click or left click on the yes or no or anything else on the screen. EDIT: It appears I can press 'y' for yes and 'n' for no, but nothing seems to work for 'OK' dialogs. I get "stuck", and there is nothing I can do. The sound still works and the hover effects for buttons still works, so the game hasn't crashed, but the game becomes unplayable.

What should I do?

  • I use a mouse.
  • I don't have any mods, this is a fresh install (3 hours old!)

Things that don't help

  • Switching between windowed and fullscreen
  • Toggling 'xbox 260 controller' in the settings
  • Adding iPresentInterval=0
  • Adding bMouseAcceleration=0
  • Using Steam's Verify Game Cache
    • It found that my skyrim settings file was modified, from entering the above settings, and replaced it with the default
  • Restarting the computer
  • Playing the game with touchpad only and no external devices
  • Playing with a different mouse
  • Jimnms interface key fix (discussion thread)
    • It doesn't fix the problem I am having but it does tell you the proper keys to pres snow with key mapping consideration
  • try alt-tab to the desktop and then back in?
    – Xantec
    Commented Jan 15, 2012 at 7:23

1 Answer 1


Skyrim does NOT like custom keyboard bindings. Especially if you changed M1.

To fix this, go into the controls and reset them to defaults, by pressing T.

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