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    Is there a way to lock the left mouse button?

    The need for two functional hands to highlight a web article is pushing me toward defeat. I don't use a mouse, but a wireless keyboard with a trackball on one side and the mouse button on the other. Is there a way to activate the left mouse button, so I need only move the trackball to highlight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    The need for two functional hands to highlight a web article is pushing me toward defeat. I don't use a mouse, but a wireless keyboard with a trackball on one side and the mouse button on the other. Is there a way to activate the left mouse button, so I need only move the trackball to highlight?
    You can do it with the keyboard:
    With the cursor at the beginning of what you want to mark and then shift/click at the end and everything in between will be highlighted.
    Doh!

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    I had a trackball years ago that would let you left click by pushing down on the ball. Don't know if yours works like that, but it's worth a try.Things getting back to normal in your area of NJ? My sister and her husband from down in Chester took of for Florida yesterday to soothe their nerves
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    I have a Kensington trackball mouse that in the preferences allows me to select one of the four buttons to be a click and drag button so I can tap that select whatever I want and then tap it again to deselect it. Maybe your mouse and keyboard combination has some of the same settings that you can look for.
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    At least with Windows 7, you can go into control panel -> mouse and turn on the "ClickLock". I have this set up with my Kensington trackball so that if I hold down the bottom right button for about a second it locks the button on so that I can then remove my hand, move the cursor around as I'd like (i.e. highlight text or resize window) and then when I click that button again it releases the button.

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    Here's a quick look at the clicklock that he's talking about:

    This is Windows XP but it's the same thing on Windows 7
    I use it all the time to select stuff
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    Just wrote a bunch more about my whole Kensington Expert Trackball setup, and what mouse settings I've found make it easiest for me to use a computer.

    Read more and see pictures at Mouse for a Quadriplegic – Kensington Expert Trackball.
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    Mouse keys and sticky keys via System Preferences / Universal Access?

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