How to change the left and right mouse buttons

Computer MouseMicrosoft Windows users can change the properties of their mouse buttons by following the steps below.

Note: Some programs may use their own mouse settings and overwrite the settings you specify in Windows. If after following the steps below, your program is still not changing the mouse buttons, look for mouse settings in the program you want to change.

Windows 8 and 10
Windows Vista and 7
Windows 2000 and XP
Windows 95, 98, ME, and NT

Change mouse buttons in Windows 8 and 10

  1. On the Windows 8 Start screen or in the Windows 10 search field on the Taskbar, type mouse.
  2. Select the change your mouse settings option in the search results.
  3. In the Settings window, under Select your primary button, change the selected option in the drop-down list from Left to Right or Right to Left.

Set mouse buttons in Vista and 7

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound
  3. Click Mouse
  4. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Buttons tab and click the Switch primary and secondary buttons checkbox.

Note: If you are missing the Buttons icon in the Mouse Properties window, re-install the software included with your mouse or download and install the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software.

Changing the mouse buttons in Windows 2000 and XP

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click on the Mouse icon.
  3. In the Mouse properties window, click the Buttons tab and select the action for each of the buttons.

Change the mouse button in Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, and NT

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click on the Mouse icon.
  3. In the Mouse properties window, click the Buttons tab and change the button configuration from right-handed to left-handed.

Additional information

  • See the mouse and right-click definitions for further information and related links.