4 Ways to Make Your Mouse Left-Hand Friendly

4 Ways to Make Your Mouse Left-Hand Friendly

Taryn Williford
Nov 19, 2010

It's tough being a minority in this world. Although technology seems to cross all gender and racial lines, the world of computing seems to leave one distinct group out in the cold: The South Paw. Left handed people are always on the wrong side of the keyboard when it comes to navigating with a computer mouse. Here's four ways to even the score.

1. Switch the primary buttons.
If you're using your mouse on the left side of your keyboard, you're probably using your middle finger to hit the main click button. But it's easy to switch the orientation of the two (and start using your pointer finger to "left" click!). On a PC, go to the mouse properties window and check the "Switch primary and secondary buttons" box:

Macs are known for their one-button mouse, but if you're using a two-clicker, you can switch your buttons' orientation, too. Head to the Keyboard and Mouse menu and choose "Mouse">"Change Primary mouse button to Right."

2. Buy a left-handed ergonomic mouse.
All the mouses we've ever owned were symmetrical, allowing for a quick move from right to left. But if you're craving a hand-molded ergonomic mouse, there's plenty of lefty models out there.

3. Switch to left-oriented pointer icons.
That little arrow pointer icon is always pointing up and to the left, as if coming up from a god-like right hand using a "normal" mouse. If it bothers you, it's easy to switch your PC's default pointer to a left-oriented arrow. Download these left-handed icons from Microsoft, then head to the "pointers" tab of the "mouse properties" window to browse for your new lefty icons:

Then change each version of the cursor to its new left-handed counterpart:

4. Rock a lefty pride mouse pad.
Because only lefties are in their right minds.

(Images: Flickr user laughing lizard under license from Creative Commons, How to Geek, Zazzle.com)

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