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emckinney31 Jan 2016 10:53 a.m. PST

MouseMixer is a great little program if you live in a household with both left- and right-handers. Put an icon in your task bar, click it to swap buttons left/right handed, click again to reverse. It flashes a graphic on the screen to show which button is now selected as the primary button.


Only available through the WayBack Machine (the Internet Archive) now, AFAICT, but I haven't been able to find anything as good.

Roderick Robertson Fezian31 Jan 2016 11:02 a.m. PST

Just whip them until they learn how to use a mouse right-handed, like all good, decent, honest folk.

We shouldn't bow to the demands of a minority!

(that's snarkasm, just in case you think I'm serious).

emckinney31 Jan 2016 11:47 a.m. PST

Well, until recently I was really messed up …

I was using a Mac with a right-handed mouse and a PC keyboard at work.

I was using a Windows machine with the mouse buttons swapped for left hand at home. That meant that I was used to clicking with my middle finger for regular clicks and clicking with my pointer finger for pop-up menus!

And I was using a PC with a right-hand mouse at times.

My reflexes were just a mess and I was always making mistakes.

PJ ONeill31 Jan 2016 12:12 p.m. PST

Lefties are too Sinister for my taste.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member31 Jan 2016 1:12 p.m. PST

all mouse drivers do that but the safest method is Roderick's way!

the left hand is the devil's playground!

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

Strangely, Dexter is too Sinister for my taste…


Tony S31 Jan 2016 3:14 p.m. PST

I'm left handed, and I've usually use the mouse in my right hand as I find typing with my left hand to be easier. Admittedly, I can't type without looking at the keyboard, so that might be why.

Once in a while i'll grab the mouse with my left, if I'm just idly clicking without any need for the keyboard, but I don't understand why you'd need to reverse the buttons?

I'm on linux anyway, so I can remap anything on my mouse to anything I like – scrollwheel up and down, thumb button. Just don't see why.

Cyrus the Great31 Jan 2016 6:25 p.m. PST

What is this "mouse" you speak of?

Leadpusher Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2016 9:32 p.m. PST

Em-eye-see-kay-ee-why em-oh-you-ess-ee!

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2016 1:23 p.m. PST

Lefties are too Sinister for my taste.

How gauche!

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2016 2:42 p.m. PST

Lefties are the ones in their right mind…all my screens are now touch, so all mice sit forlornly in the drawer of odd gadgets

Zephyr101 Feb 2016 3:21 p.m. PST

Easier to switch mouse buttons than hands, I imagine…

emckinney10 Feb 2016 5:45 p.m. PST

Tony S, the kid uses the mouse left-handed on the left side of the keyboard. Swapping buttons means that the left index finger clicks the primary mouse button.

The point of Mouse Mixer is that it SITS IN THE SYSTEM TRAY AND YOU CAN SWAP THE MOUSE BUTTONS WITH A SINGLE CLICK AT ANY TIME. Yes, you can swap mouse buttons in any driver. I know that. Try counting how many clicks it takes. It's not convenient, especially when you're swapping in and out of the seat they way that you may do with a child. It's also a lot easier for a child not to need to remember the sequence to get to the mouse driver--I'd rather not have a child messing with driver settngs anyhow.

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