How to configure a mouse for left-handed people on Windows 10

On Windows 10, when connecting a mouse to your computer, the system will usually set the left button as the primary key, as it's the default setting for any right-handed person.

However, if you're a left-handed person, or you want to switch hands after an extended period, you can use the Settings app and Control Panel to quickly change the mouse settings to reassign the left and right buttons to click, select, drag, and perform other actions using your left hand on Windows 10.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the easy steps to change the primary and secondary button actions of your mouse.

How to change your mouse's primary button using Settings

To switch the primary and secondary buttons on your mouse, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Mouse.
  4. Use the "Select your primary button" drop-down menu and select the Right option if you're left-handed (or the Left option if you're right-handed).

Once you complete these steps, you can start using the mouse with your left hand.

If you're looking for the "right" left-handed mouse (no pun intended) for Windows 10, we recommend the Razer Deathadder Essential because it offers accurate sensor and great ergonomic design perfect for gamers as well as for daily use.

How to change mouse primary button using Control Panel

To change the primary button of a mouse from left to right using Control Panel, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.
  3. Under the "Devices and Printers" section, click the Mouse option.

  1. Click the Buttons tab.
  2. Check the Switch primary and secondary buttons option.

  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the primary and secondary buttons will swap actions depending on your selection.

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3 Comments
  • I am left-handed, but I have always used my mouse in my right hand. I suppose I started using it that way and just got used to it.
  • I'm the same exact way. I couldn't use it with my left hand even though i'm left handed.
  • Being the only lefty in a family of righties, this was just too much work for me to do every time. I'm much more used to keeping the buttons the same and just moving the mouse to the other side of the keyboard.