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Old 2nd October 2008
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how do I switch the mouse to left handed?

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There isn't really much to it, though... some mice have physical designs that favour right handed people.

Assuming you're using Xorg 7.. as per the xf86-input-mouse man page I can't locate in FreeBSD.
  • Place the mouse on the left side of the keyboard..
  • Edit your current /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, or generate a new one.
  • Add Option "ButtonMapping" "3 2 1" to your Mouse0 section.
Other options exist for Xorg <= 6, most require a .Xmodmap file.. which would still work, I'll let that be a Google exercise for you.
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I should also add, some Desktop Environments provide an easier way to configure the mouse.. so there may be able to handle the transition a bit better, I don't use one personally.

One thing you may notice is the mouse cursors direction, it'll probably be pointing the wrong way..

The following was gleaned from the fluxbox startup script:
% xsetroot -cursor_name right_ptr

Note, this doesn't appear to effect GTK applications like Firefox.. as a right handed person I haven't had to deal with any of this before, but I'll keep looking into a solution for you. (and the archives..).
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