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Today I encountered the idea of using the mouse with the left hand, and decided to try it. I would like to avoid swapping the mouse buttons because that will make it harder for me to use other people's machines and for them to use mine.

The problem is, it messes my form. When I used the mouse with my right hand I put the index finger on the left button, the middle finger on the wheel, and the ring finger on the right button. With my left hand, since I don't want to use the ring finger for the left button(it's just not comfortable having the ring or little fingers on the most "intensive" button), I use the middle finger the left button and the the index finger for both the wheel and the right button.

Now, while this form allows me to scroll with my index finger(even when I hold the left button), it just doesn't feel quite right. I can probably get used to it(I only started today!), but I would like to get used to a correct form.

So, which should I stick to?

  • Current 2-fingers form?
  • Try to get used to 3-fingers form without swapping buttons?
  • Swap buttons and the hell with "muscle memory portability"?
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closed as off-topic by Rory Alsop May 27 '14 at 23:30

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about personal productivity - you are asking for opinions on experimenting with a reconfiguration of a computer. – Rory Alsop May 27 '14 at 23:30
@RoryAlsop Isn't optimizing your working environment a method for improving personal productivity? – Idan Arye May 27 '14 at 23:58
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Swap the buttons. It takes 5 mouse clicks to toggle back and forth (Start, Control Panel, Mouse, Switch primary and secondary buttons, OK) which you'll learn to do very quickly.

I mouse right at home, left at work, just to even out the usage. When I remote from home to my work machine, I switch the mouse buttons, and then back again before I log out.

You'll find that "left-click" quickly comes to mean "click the button under my index finger" and "right-click" is "click the button under my ring finger" regardless of which hand is on the mouse.

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The problem is not how long it takes to swap the buttons - I should be able to script it. The problem is that it'll still cause a confusion whenever someone needs to borrow my machine for a minute or when I need to do something quick on another's machine. I've experienced such confusion after I've mapped my CAPSLOCK as another CTRL, and swapping the mouse button is much bigger a change. The problem is also not in using the terms "left-click" and "right-click" in reverse. I can probably get used to either choice - I just want to choose the right one so I can start getting used to it. – Idan Arye May 27 '14 at 22:55

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