New to Mac? How to change mouse buttons on Mac

Mac Magic Mouse Dark Gray

Do you need to swap your mouse buttons on Mac? Maybe you’re left-handed and want the primary as the right button or maybe you simply prefer to use the opposite for comfort.

Depending on the version of macOS you’re running and perhaps even the type of mouse you’re using, it may not be an obvious change. This tutorial shows you how to change mouse buttons on your Mac.

Change buttons with the secondary click setting

If you use are running macOS Catalina or later, you’ll need to use the secondary click setting to change your primary mouse button.

1) Open System Preferences from the icon in your Dock or Apple icon > System Preferences.

2) Select Mouse.

3) Choose the Point & Click tab.

4) Under Secondary Click, choose whether you want to use the right or left mouse button for your secondary click. Your primary mouse button will then follow suit.

Mouse Secondary Click Setting on Mac

Change buttons with the primary button setting

If you’re using an older version of macOS, for example in the screenshot below, it’s macOS High Sierra, you’ll see a different option specifically for this task.

Again, open System Preferences and select Mouse.

You’ll see an option on the right side for Primary Button where you can pick Left or Right.

Mouse Primary Button Setting on Mac

Wrapping it up

No matter which version of Mac you have or which brand of mouse your using, just head to your System Preferences and select the Mouse preferences to see which setting you have available. From there, the change is easy!

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For more help if you’re new to Mac, check out how to right-click, how to use full screen mode, or how to change your wallpaper and screen saver.