Windows Pointers & Mouse Settings for left-handed people

Left-handed people are sometimes placed at a slight disadvantage by the prevalence of right-handed tools, since most of them are designed to be comfortably used with the right hand. This may apply in the case of Windows too!

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Pointers & Mouse Settings for left-handed people

This tip may therefore interest the left handed people as it will tell you where to get the pointers/cursors and how to change the mouse settings too.

You can download cursors for left handed persons from Microsoft.

Now in your C:\Windows\Cursors folder, create a new folder called LeftHanded.

Decide which size pointers you want to use & download the following six left-handed mouse cursor files that correspond to this size.

a.    aero_arrow_left.cur
b.    aero_busy_left.cur
c.    aero_helpsel_left.cur
d.    aero_link_left.cur
e.    aero_pen_left.cur
f.    aero_working_left.cur

Now, open the Mouse Properties via Control Panel and select the Pointers tab. In the Scheme drop-down list box, select “Windows Aero (large) (system scheme)”, if it isn’t already selected. Click Save As and name your new scheme “LeftHanded”. Press OK.

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In the Customize list, select the Normal Select pointer.  Click Browse and go to C:\Windows\Cursors\LeftHanded. Select “aero_helpsel_left”. Click Open. Similarly set the other remaining Mouse pointers. Finally click Apply > OK.

Next, you may want to swap the Left & Right Mouse Buttons. To do so, again open the Mouse Properties dialog box via the Control Panel. In the Buttons tab,  select Switch primary and secondary buttons. Click Apply > OK.

Check this post if you want to make Surface or Windows 8 Tablet easier-to-use for left-handed users.

Need more Mouse tips? read this post on Mouse Tricks For Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.