Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare
Computer Science
03 Apr 2012

A mouse for left-handers - Do you need it?

All the mouse (input device 😛 ) that come with desktops are by-default designed for the right-handed people. This is a question for all the left-handers on CE, do you think you need a special mouse? Will it make your usage more comfortable and help you in designing?

If you are using windows, there are settings that you can do to make it more user-friendly for left-handers. Have you tried them?
6 years ago
AbraKaDabra
If you are using windows, there are settings that you can do to make it more user-friendly for left-handers. Have you tried them?
My brother in law had a mild stroke that has affected his dexterity (literally. Dexter in Latin means right). He has reconfigured his mouse for left handed use. He also arranged with his bank to accept vhis left hand signature for transactions.
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
6 years ago
bioramani
My brother in law had a mild stroke that has affected his dexterity (literally. Dexter in Latin means right). He has reconfigured his mouse for left handed use. He also arranged with his bank to accept vhis left hand signature for transactions.
Good to know. Here are the simple steps that Windows users can use to make their mice left-hander friendly -

1. Enter “mouse” in your Start menu search, and select the first entry.

2. Check the “Switch primary and secondary buttons” box to make your mouse more left-hand friendly. Now your primary select button is your right button, and the secondary button (commonly referred to as right-click) is the left button.

3. But, it can still be awkward to select items on screen with your left hand using the default cursors. MSDN has a free set of cursors designed for left-handed users, that can fix this problem for you. These cursors are exactly like the default Aero cursors in Windows 7 and Vista, except they are reversed to make them better for left-handed use.

The cursors are available in 3 sizes: normal, large, and extra large. The normal ones are the same size as the default ones in Windows 7; feel free to choose the other sizes if you prefer them.

4. Click “I Agree” after selecting the cursors to accept the license agreement and download them.

5. Once you have all 6 cursors downloaded, select the Pointers tab in the Mouse Properties dialog. Click the cursor to change, and then click Browse to select the new cursor.

6. Browse to the folder you downloaded your new cursors to, select the correct cursor, and click Open.
Do this for each of the 6 cursors to be changed. Strangely, the Busy cursor (the spinning blue orb) is a static cursor, so you may not wish to change it. All the other ones look and act like their standard counterparts.

7. Here’s the cursors to be changed, and their equivalents in the default cursors:
Normal Select:
aero_arrow_left.cur
Help Select:
aero_helpsel_left.cur
Working in Background:
aero_working_left.ani
Busy:
aero_busy_left.cur
Handwriting:
aero_pen_left.cur
Link Select:
aero_link_left.cur
After changing all the cursors, click Save As… to save this mouse scheme so you can easily select it in the future.

8. Finally click Ok to close the Mouse Properties dialog and accept the changes.

Source: HowToGeek
Saandeep Sreerambatla

Saandeep Sreerambatla

Branch Unspecified
6 years ago
This is nice! will try this out today at home 😀
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
6 years ago
How many left-hander CEans do we have here? #JustCurious
6 years ago
Some off topic info:
Too frequent ultrasound checking during pregnancy seems to lead to a higher rate of left handed children.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1670-ultrasound-scans-may-disrupt-fetal-brain-development.html
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
6 years ago
bioramani
Some off topic info:
Too frequent ultrasound checking during pregnancy seems to lead to a higher rate of left handed children.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1670-ultrasound-scans-may-disrupt-fetal-brain-development.html
According to that report, In an average population, around nine per cent of men are left-handed! 😲Bemused!

The_Big_K is a left-hander too. What do you think Biggie? Do you need a new mouse? 😉
6 years ago
Nope, I don't need a new mouse. I'm happy with the right handed ones and I feel they're just made for myself.
gohm

gohm

Branch Unspecified
6 years ago
As a left-handed person I am fine using items designed for the right hand such as a mouse or guitar, etc.
6 years ago
I play guitar right-handed. It just seems perfect 😁

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