Left-Hand Mousing: Why Bother?

Ergonomic guidelines suggest aligning the ‘B’ key with the user’s belly button to promote neutral postures when keying. However, since keyboards are not symmetrical, positioning the keyboard in this manner results in reaching over the number pad to operate the mouse. And unfortunately, mousing this far away from the body could potentially lead to strain of the right shoulder and arm for some users.

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Enter left-handed mousing.

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By re-positioning the mouse, reach demands are eliminated, while also balancing the usage of the left and right hands between all computer input tasks. Bear in mind that left-handed mousing takes practice to become truly accustomed to. Gradually increase your frequency or duration of using your left hand to mouse as you become more comfortable.

Here’s a handy tip:

To make left-handed mousing easier, switch the primary and secondary buttons of the mouse in the mouse settings. For Windows' users, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click Hardware and Sound
  3. Under Devices and Printers, click on Mouse
  4. Click 'Switch primary and secondary buttons'
  5. Click Apply

Remember, left-handed mousing is a new skill to learn and it takes practice. "If first you don't succeed, try, try again!"

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