Are you left handed? They say you’re probably a genius, but the righties don’t understand the pain us lefties face when using scissors, can openers, ergonomic mice, keyboard numpads, or writing in pretty much any left-to-right language. So this Surface Tip is dedicated to you.
Out of the box, the Surface Pen is configured for right-hand users, so that when bringing up contextual menus with the Surface Pen, they always appear to the left of the pen tip, in clear sight of a right-handed user. This applies to sub-menus as well:
For left-handed people, though, this is an issue, as the context menu will appear under your hand. How rude.
Thankfully, you can fix this with a quick dive into Windows Settings:
- Hit the Start Button, and type “Settings” to open Windows Settings.
- Then hit Devices.
- On the left pane, select Pen & Windows Ink.
- Now, under Choose which hand you write with, select “Left Hand” from the drop down menu.
Problem solved. I hope this makes being a left-handed Surface user more tolerable.
Fun Fact: You probably haven’t noticed, but if you are using a Surface Pro 3 device or later, there is a small indentation on both sides of the tablet to help you prop the kickstand out. This indentation was only present on the right-side of earlier Surface Pro models; a nightmare for left-handers.
Thankfully Microsoft addressed that issue quickly, presumably preventing mass riots.