How to Setup Your Mouse for a Left-handed User in Windows 7

Set up your computer for a left-handed mouse user

Most people around the world are sufficient with their righty’ but occasionally you’ll run into a technology geek that refuses to conform.  Do you have any friends who are left-handed?  If you do it might be handy to know how to set up the computer for them incase they need to use it.



Step 1

Click the Start menu orb and Type mouse into the search box.  Next Click the program link titled Change mouse settings.

windows start menu mouse settings

Step 2

At the top of the buttons tab Check the box labeled Switch primary and secondary mouse buttons

The moment you check the box, the mouse will be switched.  Right-click will now function as left-click, and vice versa.  So, to exit this menu and Click OK you will actually need to do a Right-Click; of course for a lefty, a right-click is normal…

switch primary windows mouse buttons

Step 3

Now all that is left to do is change the position of the mouse in relation to the keyboard.  For a lefty, you guessed it, the mouse should be to the left of the keyboard.

set mouse to the left of the keyboard


Now you are ready to invite all of your left-handed friends to come over to mooch share your awesome computer.  When you are ready to go back to the right-handed style, just uncheck the  mouse settings box from Step 2.



  1. Trace

    May 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Great tip however as I understand it, left handers don’t use Windows any longer (only MAC’s).

    More Photoshop articles please ;)

    • dw96

      June 7, 2011 at 2:57 am

      I’m on that!

  2. deepeetonee

    May 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the tip though frankly as a serious and ageing leftie computer user I have never been troubled by the mouse settings. All I need is the mouse on the left side of the keyboard and away we go!

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