About ten percent of the world population is using left hand as a primary hand. If the ratio is converted into a number, it will surpass US population more than twice. Mouse on the computer is a critical peripheral for the user, and unfortunately, most of them are designed for right-handed people. This condition leads to a new question: how to change mouse to be left-handed?
There are plenty of free software that offers to switch mouse button that suitable for left-handed. The good news, Microsoft is aware of this problem and giving us an option to re-arrange mouse buttons. Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 comes with that feature.
Let’s take a look how to switch mouse buttons for left-handed.
How to Change Mouse to be Left-Handed on Windows
Go to the Control Panel. You can access it through Start Menu. On the search bar at the Control Panel, type “Mouse” and select Change Mouse Settings.
A Mouse Properties window will be opened. On the Buttons tab, check the Switch primary and secondary buttons. Once it switched, click OK, but with right-click mouse because the primary button has been changed.
This guide follows the basic configuration of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. Meanwhile, the latest Windows OS provides easier configuration. You can go to Start Menu, type Mouse Settings, and then choose the Left or Right mouse button as the primary function.
Does it work with any mouse?
Sure it works, no matter what the kind of brand of mouse you used. Yet, please note that in order to convert right-handed mouse to left-handed, it requires symmetric mouse with same size and shape on both sides. For example, see at the following picture.
Symmetric mouse is designed for right-and-left-handed people. The ergonomic and gaming mouse commonly designed for a specific hand. Hence, converting these mouse to be left-handed probably not a good idea. But, don’t worry, mouse maker also working on the left-handed mouse as well.