How to make the mouse left-handed in Windows 7

This page explains step-by-step how to make the mouse left-handed in Windows 7. By default, your mouse is set up for a right-handed person, with the primary button on the left. However, you can swap the function of the mouse buttons from the default left click, so that a right click is instead used for selection and dragging. You'll just need to remember to press the opposite button to what is called for when you are following instructions (for example, if you are requested to right-click on something).

Note: The 'Ease of Access Center' has replaced 'Accessibility Options' (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the 'Control Panel' of Windows 7. For more information, read the Introduction to the Ease of Access Center.

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Making the mouse left-handed in Windows 7

Change the function of the mouse's left and right buttons

Step 1: Open the 'Mouse Properties' window

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select 'Personalize', to open the 'Personalization' window. In the left-hand pane, click on 'Change Mouse Pointers' to open the 'Mouse Properties' window shown in Fig 2. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.

Open the Ease of Access Center window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by clicking the 'Start' button, followed by 'Control Panel', then 'Ease of Access', then 'Ease of Access Center'. Under the 'Explore all settings' header, click on 'Make the mouse easier to use' (as shown in Fig 1), or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Fig 1Detail from 'Ease of Access Center' window

In the 'Make the mouse easier to use' window, scroll down to the 'See also' header and click on 'Mouse settings', or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter. This will open the 'Mouse Properties' window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2'Mouse Properties' window showing the 'Buttons' tab

Step 2: Swap the primary and secondary mouse buttons

If it is not already selected, click on the 'Buttons' tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to select the 'Buttons' tab.

Under the 'Button configuration' header, tick the box next to 'Switch primary and secondary buttons' by clicking on it, or press Alt + S to tick it.

Click the 'OK' button or press Enter to finish.

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