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techbiker

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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 18:05    Post subject:  left hand mouse  

When you already discuss mouse setup - does anybody know if there is a way to setup the mouse for left hand users? This feature is omitted in all small Live distros.
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Rich

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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 18:15    Post subject:  

apologies if this sounds daft..........

Do left handers switch the left and right buttons ( or prefer to anyway ).
it's just that if you have a left hand drive car , the pedals are in the same configuration as a RHD one. I'd have thought this would apply to mouse usage too........it would appear that I'm not quite correct though !

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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 18:27    Post subject:  

Poor man's left-hand mouse: Take a screwdriver. Open the mouse. Find the wires leading from buttons. Remove the end of both wires. Resolder to opposite terminal. Close up mouse. Enjoy. Smile

I, for one, am left handed, but I use the mouse with my right hand. When I do need to use my left hand, I just flip-flop my fingers (in my head, not real life. That could get messy....). But I also eat cold oatmeal, sing raps about cheesecake, and walk twice as fast as everyone else, so...

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GuestToo
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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 18:42    Post subject:  

to make your mouse left handed, add this line to /root/.xinitrc

xmodmap -e 'pointer = 3 2 1 4 5'

if it's a 3 button mouse with no wheel, the line will be:

xmodmap -e 'pointer = 3 2 1'

if it's a 2 button mouse (get a new mouse, linux uses the middle button a lot):

xmodmap -e 'pointer = 2 1'

add the line somewhere before:
exec $CURRENTWM
(or it won't get executed)

you should have a left-handed mouse when X starts
you can execute the command in an rxvt window if you want
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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 19:02    Post subject:  

GuestToo to the rescue again. Cool

is there a Tips page in the Wiki for just this kind of thing??
If there isn't there certainly should be !
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PostPosted: Fri 20 May 2005, 19:04    Post subject:  

Thanks GuestToo
Have added this tip to the wiki

http://www.goosee.com/puppy/wikka/HowTo

Who else has a tip?
It can go here also . . .
http://www.goosee.com/puppy/wikka/HintAndTips

Maybe the pages should be combined?

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