I have an Anir Mouse, which is the forerunner of the 3M ergonomic mouse. It
uses a rocker switch at the thumb for left and right clicking. I have a sore
thumb and I cannot click all day with it. The mouse also has a third mouse
button well placed in the handle. How can I make this button the regular
left-click button? In XP, in the mouse control panel, there is an option to
switch the left and the right mouse buttons but that is not what I’m looking
for. I want to make the third, middle mouse button into the left mouse button.
I’m using PCs running both XP and Windows 7. Thank you in advance.
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Swapping mouse buttons
So, I will claim that the simplest solution is probably to get a new mouse
that is more ergonomically appropriate for your situation.
The problem here is that if the drivers for your mouse don’t
support the kind of swapping that you’re looking for, it may not be possible to
There is one other place to consider looking, which is going to be fairly
different in Windows XP versus Windows 7.
- In Windows XP, in Control Panel, look for
- In Windows 7, look for Ease of access.
What those are are controls for folks with assorted disabilities (or
difficulties) using mice, keyboards, screens, whatever. And there are various
options to change the behavior of the mouse.
I do not recall ever seeing anything about reassigning mouse buttons or
reassigning or even assigning specifically the third mouse button (the middle
mouse button) that you’re seeing.
But it’s worth something. I’m going to direct you at that simply to see if
we can get lucky. Maybe there’s something in there that would suffice as an
approach to modify the way the mouse works, in your situation, to make it more
Control panel mouse driver
But ultimately, honestly, I think that, if there’s nothing in Control Panel
right now that allows you to control your third mouse button, I just
don’t see it happening.
I really think that the pragmatic solution is to find yourself a mouse (a
current mouse) that has this functionality – one that has the ergonomic
features, that you’re looking for to make it easier for you to use on a
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