How to Change Mouse Primary Button on Windows 11

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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 located 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 primary button of the mouse to be on the left or right. When the Windows uses the right button, all normal mouse operations like selecting, clicking, dragging are done by the right mouse button. The left button will be used to invoke a contextual menu in Windows interface.

Some users that are left-handed 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.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on 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 which sits located 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 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:

windows 11 start settings

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.

windows 11 mouse settings

On the Mouse settings pane, select the Primary mouse button tile and choose Left for right-handed people and Right for left-handed people.

windows 11 primary mouse button

When you select the option, the mouse will immediately switch the primary button role.

Alternatively, scroll down ono the button of the settings pane, under Related settings and select Additional mouse settings.

windows 11 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.

windows 11 mouse primary button change

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change or switch the mouse primary button role when using Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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