Hardware Thread, Left handed mouse in Technical; some one has asked me to supply a child with a left handed mouse. I wasn't sure if there is ...
25th January 2008, 03:43 PM #1
Left handed mouse
some one has asked me to supply a child with a left handed mouse. I wasn't sure if there is such a thing? They all seem the same to me.
They assured me that their old school supplied them with one.
I suggested that we could alter the left and right hand mouse buttons so they were switched but can I do that just for that pupils settings and if so how?
25th January 2008, 03:44 PM #2
they're symmertrical surely?
be weary of them asknig for a left handed screwdriver next
25th January 2008, 03:53 PM #3
Anyone got any Skyhooks ?
Just out of interest, both my kids are left handed - they use the mouse in their left hand but I have left the buttons how they are.....
Thanks to mattx from:
alexknight (25th January 2008)
25th January 2008, 03:53 PM #4
the pupil would have to have a roaming profile for this to work and the mouse settings changed.
if you can't do that, tell them the kid will have to use the buttons the other way round in their left hand.
We don't get any complaints about that here....
25th January 2008, 03:54 PM #5
Only some of the high end ergonomic mice are right handed only as far as I'm aware, some of those come left handed.
Cheapo budget mice though are symetrical.
Unless she means swapping left/right buttons?
25th January 2008, 03:54 PM #6
control pannel mouse properties on buttons tab
tick the box marked switch primary and secondary buttons. you would probably have to set a script up to change this when they log on to a machine. and a script to switch beck when they log off.
as strawberry has already said. most mice a symetrical
25th January 2008, 03:56 PM #7
Most mice are symetrical. However some people like to swap the mouse buttons round too. So you'll need to let them have access to the mouse controls (in control panel) so they can do that. Or failing that, do some registry hackery.
25th January 2008, 03:56 PM #8
Pick up mouse. Move to left hand side of PC. Voila!
Does the student really want left and right click switched over? It would surely be more confusing when using other PCs without the special mouse...
25th January 2008, 03:58 PM #9
I am guessing that you could give the left handed users a different user profile with the settings for the mouse buttons switched.
Also Logitech have the MX610
25th January 2008, 03:59 PM #10
And if they're still not happy - just make them learn the keyboard shortcuts
25th January 2008, 04:01 PM #11
My Labtec usb SUPER CHARGED optical mouse is symetrical
25th January 2008, 05:00 PM #12
Thanks for all the replies.
Leaning more towards altyering the pupils roaming profile. How would I do this to reflect the mouse button swap over?
I did show a mouse to the person and it was quite plain that the mouse was symetrical, but they were not convinced.
They work at the school and have a child here. I quite agree with the comments as I have never been asked this before but you can just imagine the 'but they have to have one' 'it will effect their education' 'they will be mentally scarred for life' type of comments.
What we have to put up with eh.
25th January 2008, 05:05 PM #13
Try this as a .CMD or part of their logon script...
25th January 2008, 05:15 PM #14
I'm left handed and even though I use the mouse left handed I don't change the buttons over I do however left click with my second finger.
27th January 2008, 02:40 AM #15
I often see a mouse or two on the left-handed side of the keyboard after a class has been in the ICT Suite. Never had anyone ask for the buttons to be swapped over.
Far as I can see, learning to use the mouse is a new skill; as the child has no pre-concieved idea of what buttons do what, they'll just learn to use it left-handed without changing the buttons round.
As for requesting a (physically) left-handed mouse, I'd have to laugh at the person who made the request. Most cheap mice (which schools seems to use!) are symmetrical, so where's the need?
Failing that, tell the teacher to provide her child with his (or her) own "left handed mouse" to bring to school with him/her.
I know for certain there's no way I'd spend what little budget I get on a such a daft piece of child-specific hardware (except for SEN, but being left-handed doesn't count in that I'm sure!), especially with it being something we have 15+ spares of in our office!
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