Have you ever considered of mousing ambidextrously?

Scott David Daniels scott.daniels at acm.org
Sat Mar 18 22:21:37 CET 2006

Roy Smith wrote:
> I never understood why people switch mouse buttons.  I'm left handed, so I 
> put the mouse on the left side of my keyboard.  It never occurred to me to 
> flip the buttons around.
Well, I switch 'em because the "forefinger is primary" is ingrained.

> When somebody right handed sits down at my keyboard, I often see them 
> trying to avoid using the mouse (using arrow keys, control keys, anything 
> to avoid mousing).  I just pick up the mouse and move it over to the right 
> side for them, and then they often say, "But, the buttons are backwards 
> now".  Apparently most right handers *expect* that I, as a sinister mouse 
> user, have changed the buttons.  Why?
> Of course, I grew up (and still prefer) the Mac, where there *is* only one 
> button.
I grew up on 3-button mice, and later worked with people used to the
original optional chord pad, so I find the Apple "users can't count
past one" attitude strange.  With the chord pad and three-button mouse, 
you could fill in forms without touching the keyboard.


--Scott David Daniels
scott.daniels at acm.org

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