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I use a symmetric ("ambidextrous") shaped
mouse with six buttons. Due to the ever
changing arrangement of desktop clutter,
sometimes I switch between using my left
hand and right. When this happens,
suddenly my index finger is placed over
where my middle finger was, my thumb is
where my pinky was, etc. Each
time I switch hands, I have to get used to
the change in the fingers-to-buttons
arrangement. Now here is where the L/R
switch would come in handy: one click of a
switch means that a middle finger click
will still pop-up a contextual menu even
after switching hands. This avoids the
rather cumbersome task of going to the
control panels and changing the button
settings for all six buttons, or getting used
to the change each time. Should work well
also when a computer is shared with a
leftie and a rightie.
||Well, up until five seconds ago, I thought I could do this. But then I found that my PC, for some reason, has decided that the Kensington ExpertMouse connected to it was not that thing, and will no longer run the Kensington software.
||I have a coworker who's mouse is set up leftie. I'm all for this....I have to use his computer for a second, periodically, and this would be handy.
||<aside> UB - that is interesting. I'm
left-handed for writing, but use the
mouse right-handed, and find most
precision tasks easier with the right. It
is sort of counter-intuitive that you and
I (any others?) write with our less
dextrous (!) hand. Is your handwriting
as crap as mine?</aside>
||Maybe just a thumb switch on the mouse itself. No need to involve the computer or drivers at all. Grab mouse, press thumb button on left side = right handed. Button would be placed far enough back to not be accidently pressed by pinky.
||[UB] I'm righthanded but use the mouse
in my left hand too.
||Cedar Park: Actually that's close to what I had in mind when writing this: a physical switch, kind of like an on/off switch, placed underneath the mouse. For some mice, eg. Apple's battery-operated Cordless Mouse that already has an on/off switch underneath, the switch can be a leftie/off/rightie switch.