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Do you use the mouse with your right or left hand?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Chris Blount, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    I've been using a mouse since 1990. My first mouse driven computer was the Amiga A-500. Ever since then I have been using my right hand. Over the past year or so, I've been getting pain in my wrist (probably Carpal Tunnel but I'm too afraid to go to the doctor to find out). I have now switched to my left hand.

    Ever since 1990, I have spent many hours on the computer both at home and at work so it's understandable that this has happened. What is very interesting is that switching to my left hand was not all that difficult and Windows makes it easy by allowing users to switch the mouse buttons around in the control panel.
  2. Jacob S

    Jacob S Hall Of Fame

    Apr 14, 2002
    I use my right hand since I am right handed.
  3. TopCat99

    TopCat99 Godfather/Supporter

    Nov 3, 2002
    Right hand does the mouse, touchpad, and if I'm unfortunate enough to work on an antique wiht the joystick thingamabobber, it gets right pointer finger.

    A bit off topic, but is anyone else like this: I'm perfectly coordinated/ambidextrous when it comes to typing, but I can't do really anything else (at least not well) with my left hand. You should see me try to dial a rotary phone with the left one :lol:
  4. firephoto

    firephoto Icon

    Sep 12, 2002
    I saw this awhile back, it keeps you from having to twist your wrist.
    There's this one too.
    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1034216,00.asp (a review)

    I use my left hand with the track-point on my laptop quite a bit because it's on my left side and it works ok, I have the logitech mx500 and have it at the keyboard level which is just above knee level when I'm sitting. It's not too uncomfortable and the ergo keyboard helps too.
  5. RichW

    RichW Hall Of Fame/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 29, 2002
    I used to be left-handed but I got shot in the left side and my left arm and hand are somewhat disabled. So I had to learn to become right-handed. This was in the late 60's (before mice). So now I use the right hand for mousing but every once in a while, my brain or whatever want me to use my left hand again.
  6. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Right hand--especially at this time. The mouse I have both at work and at home is an optical mouse from Microsoft that also has button for going forward and back in browsing... very handy.
  7. music_beans

    music_beans Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2003
    I am so right-handed.
  8. UpOnTheMountain

    UpOnTheMountain Legend/Supporter

    Mar 23, 2002
    I've been using a mouse since the mid-eighties, and using a computer nearly every day since then (actually started using computers around 1980).
    I have never actually considered switching to my left hand. I'm not sure if my system could handle the change :) But it is interesting that you were able to make the change so easily.
    Has it slowed you down very much?
  9. Mike123abc

    Mike123abc Hall Of Fame/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jul 19, 2002
    I could probably do left handed without much problem. I am mostly right handed, but I do a lot with my left too. But, now I am addicted to the side buttons on the Microsoft mouse. By default they do forward and back when in Internet Explorer. So, my thumb is busy too when reading net sites like this one. I have not seen a left handed version of that mouse.
  10. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    A little bit at first but it seems that once my brain realized it needed to make new neuralgic pathways, I'm pretty much as fast as my right hand now.
  11. Bogy

    Bogy Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    At my last church my secretary was still using an old xt clone when I got there. We finally got a donation of a computer built within the past (at that time) five years. Then came the hard part, getting her to use the new one. For the first time she had to use a mouse. She insisted on using her left hand. I suggested that the right hand might work better, and it did, but she would go right back to using the left hand, and it wasn't because it worked better.

    I use my right hand. Because of arthritis in my right forefinger due to a knife going through it some years ago I can't see using that finger to click.
    (I of course meant my left forefinger.)
  12. waydwolf

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    Feb 2, 2003
    Hmmm, let me see.

    Right Hand: mouse, eating knives, firearms, sword, baseball bat, hand tools

    Left Hand: forks, spoons, fighting knives, electronics remotes, pens and pencils

    Both Hands: keyboards

    Strangest thing is that I couldn't learn to keyboard by the touch method for anything and drove my HS typing teacher berzerk repeatedly. But now I do it without thinking about it and frequently while not even looking at the screen, like watching television and transcribing what is going on for friends.
  13. W1CPO

    W1CPO Mentor/Supporter

    Aug 17, 2002
    Central Florida
    I use my right hand only. And I have the same problem as avove... well, I guess I can hold a golf club in left hand!
  14. Rick_EE

    Rick_EE Godfather

    Apr 5, 2002
    It depends on the web site that I am on. [​IMG]
  15. rbonzer

    rbonzer Legend

    May 13, 2002
    I use my right hand, but I write with my left. I find this to be quite effective, since I can write stuff down while I'm scrolling/clicking on things. I used to be more left-handed, but if you ever have to eat sitting in a booth with an opposite handed person (my brother), its pretty hard not to switch. I find that right handed people are usually pretty lame with their left. I always get a kick out of seeing right handed people eat steak. They hold their fork in their left hand, knife in their right to cut. Then they have to put their knife down, and transfer their fork back into their right to eat the piece. Ok, not everyone does that, but I've seen enough people who do.
  16. RichW

    RichW Hall Of Fame/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 29, 2002
    In Europe, most people, including right-handers eat with the fork always in their left hand. In some cosmopolitan places like NYC you will also see people eating this way.

    Now in my part of the country, many people eat with chopsticks while others simply eat with their fingers! :)

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