Left handed cursor

Good evening,

I use my mouse with my left hand, is there a pointer shows in the
appropriate orientation? I am not able to find one...


Re: Left handed cursor

By oxy via ubuntu-users at 01/10/2019 - 03:34

09 January 2019 at 17:44, Jay Ridgley wrote:
Left handed cursor (at least in part)

Just a thought, could you edit the icon file(s) to "flip" it over?

Re: Left handed cursor

By Owen Thomas at 01/10/2019 - 05:49

On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 at 18:36, Grizzly via ubuntu-users <

I use a mouse with my left hand too... I know it is to some, but to me,
using my middle finger instead of my index finger has never been an issue.
Thankfully, I have the standard five fingers on my left hand and I haven''t
so far found any one of them as being of any particular preference.

This thread gives me an opportunity to ask the following questions that
have been on my mind for a while: What advantage does a lefty somehow miss
when using a "right handed" mouse and pointer? Is this often debated?

Maybe people will make me the subject of derision for my email being OT...
my initials...


Re: Left handed cursor

By Liam Proven at 01/10/2019 - 07:24

As a lefty, I used to have my mice on the left, but I use the normal
fingers -- I never saw any need to reverse the buttons. It's just
confusing to me. Due to some slight RSI and more recently shoulder
problems with my left hand, a decade and a half ago, I switched to
right-handed mousing, to get my underused right arm to do a bit more
work and spare my overused left a little.

In either hand, I use index finger for primary click and middle finger
for right-click. Fingers have quite a lot of lateral movement and it's
easier and less cognitive effort than switching buttons, for me.
Perhaps I am unusual in this.

I'm not ambidextrous at all -- I'm very sinister -- but I've taught
myself to do some things right-handed both for exercise and for
improved dexterity. I brush my teeth with my right hand, and I mouse
with it. Neither was particularly difficult to learn.

Re: Left handed cursor

By Owen Thomas at 01/10/2019 - 09:04

Hmmm... I tried brushing my teeth with my right hand, but couldn't manage
the rhythm and sometimes found myself holding the brush steady while
shaking my head to compensate... very strange, so I gave up. I think an
accident I had when I was 12 (cf. the MRI featured in my thumbnail) which
resulted in some loss of motor control on the right side of my body
contributes to this effect.

My school usually only had right-handed scissors. I now use a pair of
scissors mainly with my right hand. I broke my left arm when I was seven so
it was out of action for about six weeks. Hence my right hand has the
manuscript of a seven-year-old although it appears to have deteriorated
somewhat after more than 35 years of neglect.

Let me know when this is off-topic. To pay respect to the topic, my Dell
laptop running Ubuntu 16.04 has a mouse pad, and I use the index finger of
my left hand to do most of my mousing, except when I choose to use the
mouse pad's buttons, and there, I'll use my middle finger while my index
finger controls the pointer's location.

I am (continually... but only rarely is it of dire consequence... I guess I
have become accustomed to the inconvenience) reminded that I have received
no relief yet from Ubuntu regarding the disablement of my mouse pad while
typing. I am hoping an update might enliven this feature and surprise me.
The feature is supported by the hardware, but alas. Perhaps Ubuntu may one
day answer my prayers when I upgrade.


Re: Left handed cursor

By Liam Proven at 01/10/2019 - 09:19

On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 at 14:06, Owen Thomas <owen.paul. ... at gmail dot com> wrote:
Try again. Stick with it. It took me a few weeks. At first I did what
you describe.

My right arm has been broken 5 times now, contains several bits metal
(and used to contain more) and has restricted movement, so I wanted
something to make it work a bit harder.

I've put a bit of effort into improving my right-handed writing, but
the injuries make it a bit harder *and* more uncomfortable, so not

It can be improved, I can only tell you that.

Yeah, I'd like that, too.

Re: Left handed cursor

By Tony Arnold at 01/10/2019 - 10:41

On Thu, 2019-01-10 at 14:19 +0100, Liam Proven wrote:
This can be turned on and off using the gnome-tweaks tool. (I use the
vanilla gnome shell desktop, but Ubuntu may have hampered this for no
good reason!)


Re: Left handed cursor

By Owen Thomas at 01/10/2019 - 09:39

Let us pray.

I like the fact that Gmail have introduced an "undo" feature that lasts for
several seconds after an email is sent. It looks promising although I
haven't had the opportunity of being the beneficiary of its use just yet.

Re: Left handed cursor

By Chris G at 01/10/2019 - 08:41

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:24:49PM +0100, Liam Proven wrote:

Re: Left handed cursor

By Liam Proven at 01/10/2019 - 09:16

Oh, cool! I am glad to know I'm not alone. I have never met anyone
else who did this!

Re: Left handed cursor

By Jim Byrnes at 01/10/2019 - 12:58

On 1/10/19 7:16 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
I did it also. The reason I switched was to be able to use my right hand
on the number pad without having to move it from the trackball.

Regards, Jim

Re: Left handed cursor

By Chris G at 01/10/2019 - 09:34

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 02:16:33PM +0100, Liam Proven wrote: