Windows 11 by default sets the left button on the mouse as the primary button since most users are right-handed. However, you can always change this behavior so that the right button becomes the primary one if you are a left-handed person, and you can complete this task through the Settings app and Control Panel.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to change the mouse settings to switch the primary and secondary buttons for left-handed people.
How to change mouse button action in Settings
To change the mouse settings for left-handed people, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Bluetooth & devices.
- Click the Mouse page on the right side.
- Use the Primary mouse button setting and select the Right option (for left-handed people).
Once you complete the steps, the button on the right will become the mouse's primary button to make it easier for left-handed people to navigate Windows 11.
How to change mouse button action in Control Panel
To switch right-click button for left-handed people on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Open Control Panel.
- Click on Hardware and Sound.
- Under the "Devices and Printers" section, click the Mouse option.
- Click the Buttons tab.
- Check the Switch primary and secondary buttons option.
- Click the Apply button.
- Click the OK button.
After you complete these steps, the actions of the buttons will change according to your selection, allowing you to click, select, drag, and perform other actions with the left hand.
More Windows resources
For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 and Windows 11, visit the following resources:
- Windows 11 on Windows Central — All you need to know
- Windows 11 help, tips, and tricks
- Windows 10 on Windows Central — All you need to know
Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.
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