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Old 01-14-2019, 06:50 AM   #1
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Does anyone else have this confusion when clicking on laptops


Yesterday I installed a new program on AntiX and ran into five minutes of panic when I couldn't get it to work. All the on-screen buttons seemed to be dead and weird menus kept sprouting up all over the place. Then I suddenly realised that I had been right-clicking.

With a mouse, this can't happen. I use a left-handed mouse since my accident, so I don't really think about left and right any more, just main and secondary. The main button is the one under your index finger, the one you can click without thinking. The secondary button is the one you have to move to before clicking it. Simples!

But on a laptop, I find that the natural place I want to click is the right end of the lever bar or the right side of the pad. It doesn't feel natural to use the left side with the right hand. Perhaps my old brain is confusing the two meanings of the word "right".

Is this just me or do other people have the same problem? Or should I be typing with the right hand and steering the cursor with the left? What do most people do?
 
Old 01-14-2019, 06:54 AM   #2
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Yes I do this on a regular basis with my laptop, I'm right handed so my clicking fingers are closer to the right side of the touchpad.

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Old 01-14-2019, 08:28 AM   #3
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doesn't everything switch for lefties?
right button becomes left button
left button becomes right button.
 
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You should be able too swap functions of the buttons, whether mouse or touchpad, but I don't bother - when typing, I use my right hand finger on the trackpad, & left finger or thumb on the button (left click), plus, right hand finger (right click) to open menus on the desktop - just sort of my natural way of working on laptops.
 
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Another option (depending on your laptops functions) would be to disable the "hardware" buttons and do only tap to click. Single finger tap to click, 2-finger tap to right-click. Then it doesn't matter where you're clicking, it only matters how many fingers you're using.
 
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doesn't everything switch for lefties?
right button becomes left button
left button becomes right button.
Technically yes, but it doesn't feel that way. I know because I always used my mouse right-handed before i broke my shoulder, and now I use it left-handed. I'm probably one of the few people who can do it both ways. And it feels the same because you don't think "left" or "right" except when you're setting it up with xmodmap or whatever. You think "ordinary" and "special", the one you do without thinking and the one you have to move your finger sideways to do.
 
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You should be able too swap functions of the buttons, whether mouse or touchpad, but I don't bother - when typing, I use my right hand finger on the trackpad, & left finger or thumb on the button (left click), plus, right hand finger (right click) to open menus on the desktop - just sort of my natural way of working on laptops.
That's exactly the kind of information I was hoping to get. How other people use their hands on a laptop. I think of my right hand as my typing hand, but I always use my left for modifier keys. And I have been using right for the trackpad too, but perhaps I should switch to left instead -- except when I want to right-click.
 
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Another option (depending on your laptops functions) would be to disable the "hardware" buttons and do only tap to click. Single finger tap to click, 2-finger tap to right-click. Then it doesn't matter where you're clicking, it only matters how many fingers you're using.
Currently two fingers is middle-click and I'd like to keep it that way.
 
  


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