Devices Change Primary Mouse Button in Windows 11


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The primary mouse button is used for functions such as selecting and dragging.

You can change the primary mouse button to be the left or right button.

This tutorial will show you how to change the primary mouse button for your account in Windows 11.


Contents





Option One

Change Primary Mouse Button in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Mouse on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Mouse settings

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3 Select Left (default) or Right in the Primary mouse button drop menu for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Mouse_primary_button_Settings-2.png

4 You can now close settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Primary Mouse Button in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2 In the Buttons tab, check (right) or uncheck (left - default) Switch primary and secondary buttons for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Three

Change Primary Mouse Button using REG file


1 Do step 2 (left) or step 3 (right) below for what you would like to do.

2 Change Primary Mouse Button to Left

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Change_primary_mouse_button_to_left.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"SwapMouseButtons"="0"

3 Change Primary Mouse Button to Right

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Change_primary_mouse_button_to_right.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"SwapMouseButtons"="1"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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