Set a Mac Mouse to be Left Handed
Most lefties have adapted to the righty-centric world of computing, but this isn’t necessary on a Mac. The Apple Magic Mouse, Apple wireless mouse, wired mouses, trackpad, 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.
We’ll show you how to change the mouse button to be left handed in Mac OS X, and also how to change the trackpad behavior to be for left handed people.
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 from the Apple menu of Mac OS X
- 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”
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. Nonetheless it can still be a helpful setting to adjust.
These features exist in all versions of OS X, so it doesn’t matter what version is running on the Mac.
Enjoy your new left handed friendly Mac experience!