This post shows students and new users steps to change or switch the mouse primary button when using Windows 11. By default, Windows 11 uses the left mouse button as a primary button for selecting, dragging, clicking, and performing normal mouse operations.
By default, the primary mouse button sits on the left-hand side of the Mouse, for the benefit of right-handed users. Left-handed users usually reverse this position on Windows.
Windows allows users to change or switch the mouse’s primary button to be on the left or right. When Windows uses the right button, all normal mouse operations like selecting, clicking, and dragging are done by the right mouse button. The left button will be used to invoke a contextual menu in the Windows interface.
Some left-handed users prefer to use the right mouse button for normal operations, and the Left for contextual menu. Whatever your reasons, you can easily switch the mouse primary button when using Windows 11, and the steps below will show you how to do it.
To get started with changing or switching the mouse primary button, follow the steps below.
How to switch the mouse primary button on Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows 11 uses the left mouse button as a primary button for selecting, dragging, clicking, and performing normal mouse operations on the left-hand side of the Mouse, for the benefit of right-handed users.
If you’re a left-handed person, you can reverse the button role.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, and select Mouse on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the Mouse settings pane, select the Primary mouse button tile and choose Left for right-handed people and Right for left-handed people.
When you select the option, the Mouse will immediately switch to the primary button role.
Alternatively, scroll down on the button of the settings pane, under Related settings, and select Additional mouse settings.
Then on the pop-up windows, under Button configuration, check the box for Switch primary and secondary buttons as highlighted below.
You should then see the highlighted button of the Mouse as primary.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to change or switch the Mouse’s primary button role when using Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.