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The problem is that if the drivers for your mouse don't support that kind of button swapping, it may not be possible.
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.
In this excerpt from Answercast #65, I look at the possibilities of assigning a function to a third mouse button, if it is not available in the mouse driver software.
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 do so.
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 Accessibility.
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 palatable.
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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