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How To Swap Left and Right Mouse Buttons in Windows 11


According to research and statistical data, 10% of the world’s population is left-handed, and you appear to be one of them.

Because the majority of individuals are right-handed, most gadgets, devices, and software are designed to accommodate them. However, Microsoft created the Windows operating system with accessibility in mind, and we can simply change mouse button actions to make the system usable for left-handed people as well.

swap the primary and secondary buttons in windows
Swapped Primary and Secondary Buttons

By default, the Left mouse button is the primary button and the right button is secondary, and now we’ll switch both the primary and secondary buttons.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to swap the mouse buttons:


Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu or press the ‘Windows Key + I’ key combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the ‘Bluetooth & Devices’ option from the sidebar and click the ‘Mouse’ option.

select mouse option in the bluetooth and devices section
Mouse option

Step #3: Select the Primary Mouse button to ‘Right’ or ‘Left’ from the dropdown menu.

set primary mouse button to right or left
Switch Primary Mouse Button

Step #1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.

control panel icon in windows 11
Control Panel Icon

Step #2: Select the ‘Hardware and Sound’ option.

select the hardware and sound option
‘Hardware and Sound’ option

Step #3: Select the ‘Devices and Printers’ option.

select the devices and printers option
‘Devices and Printers’ option

Step #4: Right-click the ‘Mouse’ option and select the ‘Mouse Settings’ option. The Mouse Properties panel will appear in the new window.

right click the mouse option and select the mouse properties option
Mouse Settings

Step #5: In the ‘Buttons’ tab, select the ‘Switch Primary and Secondary buttons’ and press the ‘Apply’ button to save the changes.

switch primary and secondary mouse buttons option
Switch Primary and Secondary button

If you are left-handed, you will find that the natural way of using the mouse is to use your right hand to move the mouse and your left hand to click. This is because most people are right-handed. Swapping the mouse buttons is not recommended for most people, but there are some exceptions. For example, if you are a left-handed person, it is better to swap the buttons so that your dominant hand can control the mouse more easily.

Swapping buttons on a computer mouse is a simple process that can make using a computer more accessible for people who are left-handed or have limited mobility

In this article, some settings will work with some older versions including Windows 10 and Windows 7.


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