Set a Mac Mouse to be Left Handed

Jul 9, 2011 - 6 Comments

Left hand mouse setup for Mac OS X

Most lefties have adapted to the righty-centric world of computing, but this isn’t necessary on a Mac. The Apple wireless mouse, wired mouses, and even most 3rd party mice have a symmetrical shape, so those that are left handed just need to adjust a few settings in Mac OS X to get the mouse on their dominant side.

Change Mouse Button Setting to be Left Handed

The main thing you want to do is change the “Primary mouse button” to be on the right button instead of the default left:

  • Launch System Preferences
  • Click on “Mouse”, look for “Primary mouse button:” and select the bullet box next to “Right”

This reverses the behavior of the right-click (alternate click) so it becomes a left-click, so a lefties pointer finger becomes the primary clicker.

Change Trackpad Settings to be Left Handed

For the lefties using a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you can adjust the literal right-click to be a literal left-click instead:

  • Go back to System Preferences and click on “Trackpad”
  • Next to “Secondary Click” select “Bottom Left Corner”

Secondary click in the left corner on a Mac

The literal right and left clicks are a little less necessary for trackpad users though because, regardless of which is your dominant hand, you can always just use a two-fingered click to activate the ‘right-click’ or secondary click anyway.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. James says:

    I am left handed and I long ago became accustomed to working with the right-sided world. I have changed the cursor click behavior in the past but ultimately it felt unnatural to me, old habits die hard even if it’s unnatural.

  2. I saw this option when I was setting up my system once but like James (above) most of my left-handed buddies have just adapted to the right handed mouse. :(

    -Chris
    FOM

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  4. jodon says:

    viendo los ultimos posts me pregunto si pronto veremos un post llamado “como enceder tu mac” o “como abrir tu Macbook”.

    :-)

    No digo que no sea informaci├│n ├║til, pero…

  5. juan carlos says:

    Have you tried your trackpad left handed with Lion.No recognition of gestures involving the thumb.
    There are no options

  6. mary says:

    Thanks so much. I developed arthritis in my right hand (long time programmer) and need to switch to my left hand. Thank you!

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