Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Dual Mice

Most people talk about having two monitors hooked up to their computer. Well I have two mice hooked up to mine; one on each side of the keyboard. Why do I have two mice you might ask? Well there are times when I like to use a mouse with my left hand and times when I like my right. Copy and pasting things requires use of the right mouse because the left hand is busy with CTRL, X, C and V keys. Use the number pad and I use the left mouse. Someone else comes into my office and wants to drive and we don't have to fight over a mouse, we each got one. Give it a try. I guess you have to be ambidextrous first. It just takes some practice.

9 comments:

Lachlan said...

I switched from right to left handed mouse use a few years back because of shoulder pain from excessive mouse use. I can now use either hand equally well. I never thought of using two mice, could be interesting.

I like to switch the buttons on my left hand mouse though. Can you have the buttons set differently for the two mice?

Chris Bensen said...

I don't know of any way of switching the mouse buttons on only one mouse. The system handles them as just a mouse device. One of the reasons I leave the mouse buttons alone is other people using my computer and complaining.

I had a similar problem with shoulder pain but this solved it by spreading the problem across both :) I've gone back and forth left and right until I finally realized both!

Anonymous said...

I have been doing that dual-mice trick for a while too. There is a way to set up two mice differently. I use the mouse driver coming along with my Logitech optical mouse (Logitech Mouse Drivers and MouseWare 9). The driver has the option to let you configure two mice separately. However, it only works under Win 32. My office computer is running Win X64. I had trouble installing the software, damn it.

Chris Bensen said...

I'm running 64-bit windows too so I won't be able to test that. Do you get two cursors when you set them up independently?

Anonymous said...

There is only one cursor, however. The only difference between the two mice is that one is right-handed and the other is left-handed. I am wondering if there is a program letting us have two cursors too.

AYj said...

As a musician that collaborates with others using Digital Audio Workstations and virtual instruments - I can tell you that having two mice with two pointers would be much more productive and less frustrating. I have searched for solutions to do this with no luck. I think some of the problem has to do with windows only having one active window.

Anonymous said...

you can use the wizmouse software to overcome the active window problem

Mike said...

I run two mice on my work laptop, for all the same reasons as stated in previous posts. The only way I have found to have both right- and left-handed mice active at the same time is to have one PS2 mouse and one USB mouse. It's funny - and kind of sad - that in 2009, we still have to resort to things like this, especially for something as important as the mouse. I'd like to see an open-source mouse driver that recognizes all connected mice separately, and allows for separate configurations. Not likely, though.

Tobias said...

@AYj - I was just searching for various 2 mice setup possibilities and found this site:
http://cpnmouse.sourceforge.net/
It promises 2 independent mouse pointers under windows. Haven't tried it yet though, but might help you.

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