October 4, 2005

Apple Macs are definitely left-hand friendly

A Reader wrote:

I read in the "Research" page under the title "Shopping" that the author of the page was not familiar with Macs. I am a big Mac user, as well as left-handed. Macintosh computers have a one-button mouse shipped with them, unlike the standard two-button mouse with Windows computers. I have been using a Macintosh for the last twelve years, or so, and I am real happy with the left-hand compatibility. Especially now, because my family is sharing an iBook G4, and I am the only left-hander in my family. It is wonderful, because we don't have to change settings to use the same computer. It is one of the few things that actually work for both me and my family without changing something!

Also, I would suggest a Macintosh to any left-handed computer user. And not because I am already a user. I found out something a short-time ago that four out of the five designers of the original Macintosh (the Mac Classic) were left-handed. I am not sure how true that is, but I like how it sounds.


  1. I don't know if it is just me, but I find that computer mouses are not that hard to use, even being left handed. It might have to do with the fact that I am fairly young and I grew up using computers and have become accoustomed to using right handed mouses.

  2. When I was 16 I didn't know that you could switch the handedness of the mice in windows. So i drew a pretty amazing picture with a mouse with my right hand. By the time I was finished with that picture my right hand quit periodically spazzing out when I used the mouse. I am glad I did that because I dont feel uncomfortable sitting at the majority of computers.

    I don't have any problems now with using mice with my right hand, however I wonder if my acuracy at LAN parties would increase.... hmmm.

  3. Dear friends,

    Pick up the mouse.
    Lift the mouse while gently tugging the cable out to its fullest extension.
    Set the mouse on the left.
    Bingo. You now can operate Windows with the mouse on the left.

    You are allowed to click the left-side mouse button with whichever finger you choose. You could (concievably) lean over and click it with your nose if you wanted to.

    Positioning the mouse on the left allows the qwerty part of the keyboard to be positioned directly in front of the computer screen and will save your back and your neck.

  4. cotopaxi said, "Pick up the mouse. Lift the mouse while gently tugging the cable out to its fullest extension. Set the mouse on the left. Bingo. You now can operate Windows with the mouse on the left."

    It ought to be that easy. Annoyingly, I have found that the mouse cord is often much too short to do this, especially in libraries or other places where the box has been positioned very far away from the user (perhaps to keep people form kicking it while they work). I strongly prefer to click the main button with my forefinger, which requires making a change - admittedly a fairly easy one - using the control panel. I keep my own computer set this way all the time, but it adds an extra step when sharing with righties.

  5. I have no problem using the mouse on a PC (I use it the way a right-hander does) except that I almost always accidentally click the "other/right" button on the mouse. I am a lefty and own a Mac and I LOVE my MAC. :) The only problem I have with using a mouse in the right-handed way is when I try to draw in Photoshop. Thank God they had "tablets" connected to the Macs at school and I didn't have to worry about it. There was no room on the left side of my keyboard to have used my mouse because the person next to me would have that space for themselves and their mouse. Make sense?


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