OS X is Great – BUT!!

I love OS X. I just installed Jaguar, and I was desperately hoping they would provide a utility to switch the mouse buttons. You see, I’m left-handed. I use the mouse with my left hand. In Windows (which I’m trying to wean myself off of) and Linux, I can easily flip the mouse buttons so the right button does the clicking and the left button does the context menu. In OS X, that is impossible. I’ve combed Google for answers. I’ve combed Apple’s help site. No luck. Nothing. Nada. No one’s done it. I even searched the filesystem for mouse-ish files, to come up completely empty handed. I would love to use OS X full-time, but the fact that I have to use the wrong mouse button in OS X is driving me NUTS!!

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By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. I know *exactly* how you feel. In fact, I found this link by combing google for the answer to the very problem which plagues all left-handed Jaguar users with two button mice.

  2. Well, I have the same problem… isn’t it sad? or do we have to write our own mouse driver now? 🙁 I want to click with my index finger 🙁

  3. I just downloaded and installed usb overdrive. It lets me set the mouse buttons on my logitech scrollwheel mouse. I had to reboot though.

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