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March 3, 2008

KDE, Debian Sid and Left Handed Mouse.

Filed under: Debian, kde, Tuxicity — Tags: , , , , — tuxicity @ 2:32 pm

Yes I am left handed, and it seems there is a bug for Left handed people to be fixed if you use KDE in Debian Sid.

Since the bug is not fixed yet, here is a simple workaround to fix this issue. (It worked for me)

Open your Konsole,
now type :

xmodmap -e “pointer = 3 2 1 4 5 6 7”

and key in enter and check if your mouse works correctly, if it does we can make an executable.

cd .kde/Autostart/

nano -w switchleft.sh

Put in the following line:

xmodmap -e “pointer = 3 2 1 4 5 6 7”

now close nano with the command ctrl – x and when it asks to save, answer y.
now we have to make switchleft.sh executable, we can do this with the command:

chmod +x switchleft.sh

(assuming you are still in .kde/Autostart/)

Thats it, it should work now.
If your mouse does not like my suggestion you can also try

xmodmap -e “pointer = 3 2 1 6 7 4 5”


Good luck


Resources; bugs.kde.org.



  1. Me dispuse a buscar esta informacion por toda la web sin buenos resultados, se me ocurrio buscarla en otro idioma y aqui esta. Gracias por este articulo me fue muy util. saludos

    Comment by Como hacer — August 22, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  2. Todo lo que buscaba se encuentra en este artículo. Gracias por su tiempo para hacerlo, agregare este blog a mis favoritos para poder tenerlo a mano siempre que necesite esta informacion gracias!

    Comment by Manualidades — August 22, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

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