Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10  

    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10

    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10

    How to Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    26 Apr 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10


    In Windows, you can select the primary button of your mouse to be the left or right button. The primary button is used for functions such as selecting and dragging.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the mouse primary button to be the left or right button for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Change Mouse Primary Button in Settings
    • Option Two: To Change Mouse Primary Button in Mouse Properties
    • Option Three: To Change Mouse Primary Button using a REG file






    OPTION ONE

    To Change Mouse Primary Button in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

    2 Click/tap on Mouse on the left side, and select Left (default) or Right in the Select your primary button drop down on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10-mouse_primary_button_settings.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    To Change Mouse Primary Button in Mouse Properties


    1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

    2 In the Buttons tab, check or uncheck (default) the Switch primary and secondary buttons box for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    These settings may vary based on your mouse or touchpad drivers.

    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10-mouse_primary_button_mouse_properties.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Change Mouse Primary Button using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

    SwapMouseButtons String Value

    0 = Set primary button as left
    1 = Set primary button as right


    1 Do step 2 (left) or step 3 (right) below for what you want to set.


    2 To Set Left Button as Mouse Primary Button

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Set_left_button_as_primary_for_mouse.reg

    Download


    3 To Set Right Button as Mouse Primary Button

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Set_right_button_as_primary_for_mouse.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink


  1. Posts : 14
    Win 7 Pro
       #1

    Using Registry Editor I findIn HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Control Panel there is no Mouse entry
    Strange ? Please advise.
    TIA
    Bob
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Bob,

    Odd. It should be there like below.

    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10-mouse.png
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 14
    Win 7 Pro
       #3

    I agree ,,,,,,,, BUT can you see the image below ?
    If not I can send an email.
    Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10-image.png
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Bob,

    That is odd. It looks like it may have been deleted by mistake.

    If you like, I exported my Mouse key to a .reg file below so you can merge it to add this default key and its values back.

    Mouse_key.reg
      My Computers


 

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