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Old Aug 20, 2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Using trackpad with left hand?

Hey guys

Really enjoying my AIR but going from PC to Mac and especially with this huge trackpad i noticed that I use my left hand to use my trackpad even though I'm right handed with a mouse.

I am cross-dominant which is a form of ambidexterity where I use different hands for different tasks. Just sort of weird.

I also have noticed that scrolling using two fingers make my fingers fatigued. Not sure why. I started using my index and middle finger to scroll but changed to my middle finger and ring. Just feels uncomfortable regardless. Nothing too bad that I wouldnt be able to use my macbook.

Do most macbook owners use their right hand with the track pad?
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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right hand - right hand trackpad
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 09:52 PM   #3
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I do exactly the same thing. I'm left handed, and when I'm using a mouse or the Magic Trackpad while working at my desktop, I use my right hand. When I'm on my MBP, I use my left hand on the trackpad.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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Do most macbook owners use their right hand with the track pad?
Right handed, but 80% with right hand, 20% with left. I've always scrolled using middle/ring. Never occurred to me most people don't. Then again I've always used a mouse with my right hand with right click as primary.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:43 AM   #5
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Right handed, I use either hand, depending on the situation. For simple tasks, I found myself better using the left hand. If I need to be more accurate, though, I immediately switch to the right.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:20 AM   #6
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I use either hand with the trackpad. One of the reasons I bought a MBA is that I can't use a mouse for a long time. The gripping posture hurts my joints. However the MBA trackpad allows me to use either hand with a minimum of force.

What I end up normally doing is to type with the right and click/point with the left - normally with the thumb/first finger in the bottom left corner. If it's only click/point then it is with the right hand but in the centre/left side of the trackpad.

No problems with using multiple fingers, sometimes even on both hands at the same time (but mimicking the physical placement of a single hand).

I can't use the standalone trackpad as extra force is required (angle of the trackpad adds to the downward force needed).
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:30 AM   #7
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I'm right-handed but often use the left hand. That's how good and easy the 'tap' trackpad is.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:31 AM   #8
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I'm left handed and very left side dominant, but always use a trackpad with my right hand (whether it's on a laptop or separate).
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:50 AM   #9
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I'm left handed, use a mouse with right hand and both hands on trackpad.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 09:39 AM   #10
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I two-fifnger scrool with index/middle. It never fatigue, perhaps your "movement" can be improved, as fatiguing from this for no reason can be due to health problems.

I never leave my hand static and place movemente upon my fingers muscles/tendons. I keep my "entire hand" very still and move it only by the wrist, keeping the palm resting on the the macbook. Altough the movemnt is kinda circular/diagonal, OS X understan perfectly what I wan to do.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:34 PM   #11
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both hands, not at same time.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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Left handed. Use my right hand on my mouse, both left and right hand on my MBA trackpad.

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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:59 PM   #13
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I use my right hand, and the middle and ring fingers to scroll.
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 08:11 AM   #14
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I use it right handed most of the time, but switch to left hand if the right gets tired.
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