The mouse usually sits to the right of the keyboard (for
right-handed people), and the user maneuvers the mouse
with the right hand, pressing the left button with the
For this reason, the left mouse button
is sometimes called the primary mouse button
If you are left-handed, you can configure the right
mouse button as the primary button (as shown in Fig. 1
). This configuration lets you place the
mouse to the left of the keyboard, control the
mouse with your left hand, and use your left forefinger for most mouse actions.
Fig. 1: Mouse button configuration.
Newer mice enable you to configure buttons to
perform different tasks than clicking. You might
configure a button to delete selected text, for example, or to open a program that lets you search
for files. Such settings may limit the usefulness of
the mouse but can be helpful if you need to perform
a certain task many times.