How to Change to Left Hand CSGO Command

Toby Marshall
11 November 2022
How to Change to Left Hand CSGO Command

There have been a number of times when CSGO players have reported a better overall playing performance when their gun is bound to one specific hand. The reason for this, as it has been reported, is that some guns and weapons can reduce a player’s visibility, which can hinder their ability to sniff out certain peripheral threats. 

However, there is some good news… you don’t have to learn to live with this and there are a few things you can do to overcome it.

Changing Gun Side in CSGO

If you are a left-handed CSGO player, you may wish to change your gun position… but can this be done using your in-game console? 

Well, for any player, not just left-handed players, the biggest help is being able to switch the gun side in CSGO. The key to this is to learn the commands which will switch your hand bind. If you do this correctly, you will be able to switch from right-hand to left-hand CSGO control with just the touch of a button.

This will allow you to adapt to whatever situation you encounter – and fortunately, switching to CS Go left-hand command isn’t difficult. Here, we will look at exactly how this can be done.

Changing your Weapon Bind Side

One simple command can help you change the side of your weapon. However, first of all, you will need to ensure that you have access to the console (so that you can enter the command). To access the console, you simply press ‘Options’ and then click on ‘Keyboard’. When there, by scrolling down you will come across ‘Console’.

You then need to enable developer console to the ‘~’ or ‘`’ keys. When this has been done, you will then be able to use either of these keys to access your console – and then type in your command.

Changing the hand that you would like to use to hold your weapon with when playing CSGO is pretty straightforward. Basically, you just need to remember two helpful commands which you can enter into your console

In order to switch the gun from your right hand to your left hand, input ‘cl_righthand_0’.

To switch back from left to right hand, you need to input ‘cl_righthand 1’.

It’s really as simple as that. However, if you wish to take control of customising your CSGO game experience even further, then there are all different tips and tricks for you to try out. So, for example, if you would like to make a list of preferred settings and then permanently apply them, you might want to read on …

It might take a bit of time for you to start getting used to the switch of weapon side – as such, the top players always recommend that you play through a few games before going back to the default setting.

How to Switch Hands in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Rather than your in-game character always using just the one hand to equip their weapons, many players like to switch their hands in the midst of an ongoing battle. By doing this, they will have a lot more visibility when they are strafing, depending on whichever situation they might find themselves in.

In this case, the last thing that they would want is to have to input a time-consuming and lengthy command into their console. So, the good news is that there is a very easy and straightforward way to do so.

In the following example, you will bind the ‘y’ key in order to change hands – but realistically you can use whatever key you want to bind – as long as you enter the code into your console. If you wish to make this command permanent, then you will need the code to be saved in your ‘autoexec’ file.

The code that you will need to do so is ‘bind y ‘toggle cl_righthand 0 1’. When this is completed, you should then be able to switch your weapon hand whenever you want with the touch of a button.

Why Weapon Orientation Matters in CSGO

One question that is frequently asked by new CSGO players is ‘why are Pro CSGO players always playing left-handed orientation?’. Well, the answer to this relates to the player’s dominant eye. Basically, professional players are so good at playing the game that they literally exploit every single strength they have to make sure they are at the top of their game.

However, not all players prefer to play to their left as some players have a right eye that is more dominant. The best thing for you to do when deciding where to hold your weapon is to work out which is your most dominant eye. You can do this by trying out free tests that are available on YouTube.

When you have figured this out, you then choose which orientation matches your dominant eye. Obviously, this won’t make you play like a professional straight away, but it will give you a leg up on your journey to the top. It will help you to read the game better and to detect any threats much more quickly.

Simply enter the toggle bind code “bind y “toggle cl_righthand 0 1” and you will be able to change your orientation whenever you like with just one stroke of the key.

How to Switch Hands with Movement Keys in CSGO

Another great way to control the hand that is holding your weapon is to be able to make it switch hands based on what direction you turn to.

Although some players find this method a little bit frustrating at first, some of the best players make it one of their go-to commands. When you start getting used to it, you will never be in a position where your gun blocks your view.

So, if you want to hold your gun in your left hand when turning right – or in your right hand when turning left, then this is what you will need to do.

Firstly, you will need to make a CSGO ‘autoexec’ file (which we will show you how to do next.

Then, in order for your gun to switch to your left hand when you turn right, you need to enter this code: ‘bind “x” “+moveright; cl_righthand 0”’

Then, to have your gun switch to the other side, you will also need to input this code: ‘bind “b” “+moveleft; cl_righthand 1”’.

As we stated earlier, this hack doesn’t necessarily suit everyone as some players (especially newer players) may find this quick switching of hands a little bit distracting. So, if this isn’t for you, then you might just prefer to switch hands bind manually as we looked at previously. 

Making an Autoexec File for CS:GO

In order for you to make your preferences permanent, you will need to understand about Autoexec files and how they work. The creation of an Autoexec file is an excellent way for players to store their preferences in the game – without them having to input them manually each time.

This is perfect for things such as customising binds and crosshair settings. In order to enable it, players simply need to store their Autoexec within their game files. Then as the name suggests, it ‘automatically executes’ any information that has been stored within it and applies the settings whenever the player starts their game.

Let’s look at how to do this via Steam…

  • Open the Steam library and look for CSGO properties.
  • Look through the options and select ‘Browse Local Files’.
  • Find the config folder (.cfg)
  • Right-click on any open space in the folder, then select ‘New’ followed by‘ Text Document’. Any text editor will do.
  • You then open the file that has been created and input whichever of the binds you wish – i.e. “cl_righthand 0”.
  • You then need to save the file as ‘autoexec.cfg’, making sure that you have saved it in the ‘All Files’ dropdown.

So, there you have it, you can create your own fully customisable CSGO game experience. Obviously, you will be able to add or remove any setting you like, whenever you like.

There may be times when your settings won’t load automatically when you start your game. In this case, you simply need to press ‘~’ and open your console. Then, enter ‘exec autoexec’ to apply your chosen settings.

How to Change the Display in CSGO

Hardcore esports and online video games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are even better when they are played on an extra wide screen (or, even better, a multiple monitor setup). However, sometimes Steam doesn’t make it easy. As such, often the game will open up on the incorrect monitor.

One way to overcome this is by downloading multi-monitor software tools to take back control. But this isn’t really necessary because there is a way to work around it in a Steam game.

In order to open your game on the monitor (or monitors) of your choice, simply follow these steps:

  • First, try running your game in ‘Windowed mode’. Theoretically, you should then simply be able to drag your game onto whatever monitor you like.
  • If this doesn’t work. You might want to try looking at your windows settings. Go into the settings and switch the secondary monitor to your primary monitor. This will trick the game into opening up on your larger screen.
  • Finally, you can try to open the game up in ‘borderless Windowed mode’. Then, if you press ‘Shift, Windows Key, Right Arrow’ you should then be able to move your game onto the preferred monitor.

Conclusion: Changing Gun Side CSGO

Clearly, there are numerous ways in which you can customise your game in terms of changing from right hand to left hand orientation and back again. Some game settings will suit the way you play the game more than others – it very much depends on the way you play the game.

The way you change guns each time you turn can be a little distracting and frantic for some, but other players swear by it. So, simply try out the commands for yourself and see which way suits your style the best. You’ll soon be switching sides like a boss!

CS GO Left Hand Command Change FAQs

Here are the main questions regarding CSGO left hand command changes:

How Can I Change My Weapon to the Left Side in CSGO?

Once you know left and right hands bind commands it is easy. To do this, you simply need to know the one command which can then be saved to your autoexec file which will then make it permanent.  The code to change items to your left-hand side is “cl_righthand 0”. If you then wish to change it back to the right side, you just need to switch it with the code “cl_righthand 1”.

How Do You Quickly Change from Left to Right Hand in CSGO?

Manually inputting the switch hands bind command code can be time-consuming in the heat of a battle. As such, you may wish to assign a key which will allow you to perform a switch hand bind in CSGO whenever you want. The key you assign depends on how you play and no one solution works best for all players. To assign keys, read the guide above and follow the step-by-step instructions to help. There’s only one parameter – and once you get to grips with this you will be switching hands with just one key.

Author Toby Marshall