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

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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





Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10
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.

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Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10
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)
Note   Note
These settings may vary based on your mouse or touchpad drivers.


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Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Mouse Primary Button to Left or Right in Windows 10
To Change Mouse Primary Button using a REG file

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The .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

NOTE: 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

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 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