Adjusting the Mouse for Left-Handed Users

by Barry Dysert
(last updated May 16, 2016)

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A sizeable number of computer users are left-handed. So it only makes sense that Microsoft would equip Windows with the capability of supporting them with a "left-handed mouse." Of course, the mouse isn't left-handed, but you can configure it so that the primary button (typically the left one) is switched with the secondary button (typically the right one).

To switch your mouse for left-handed users, display the Control Panel and click the Hardware and Sound option. In the resulting page, click the Mouse link, which is under the Devices and Printers heading. Windows displays the Mouse Properties dialog box, and you should make sure the Buttons tab is visible. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Buttons tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.

To switch how the buttons behave (so that left-handed users are more comfortable), make sure the Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons check box is selected. Click OK and the change is immediately made.

 This tip (11549) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2016-05-22 04:52:56

Alex B

Thanks Barry.


2016-05-17 05:05:15

Barry

I know of no shortcut keys that would help in this situation. You may be able to switch the buttons using AutoHotKey or AutoIT. Or I wonder if you could get two wireless mice and configure them the way you want. Then only turn on the one you want to use.


2016-05-17 04:18:30

Alex B

Is there a shortcut for changing the mouse buttons ?
We have different preferences in the household and it would be handy to have a toggle switch or at least a shorter path to Buttons screen.


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