If you are running Windows 10 on a laptop or tablet with a precision touchpad equipped you will need to remember these new and cool gestures because they are going to be very handy and useful.
Well, let’s start with the basic ones:
Select an item – tap on the touchpad with one finger.
Launch or mouse double-click – double-tap on the touchpad with one finger.
Drag a Window – tap the title bar of a window and drag it.
This is getting fun.
Scroll – place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally or vertically.
Zoom in or out – place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out.
Right-click – tap the touchpad with two fingers
This is getting more and more interesting.
Invoke Cortana – tap the touchpad with three fingers.
Taskview – place three fingers on the touchpad and slide up or down.
Switch between apps – place three fingers on the touchpad and slide left or right.
Show desktop – place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them towards yourself.
Show all open Windows – put three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them away from you.
You can change this behavior by going to Settings → Devices → Touchpad and selecting the Taps or Swipes drop-down menu under Three finger gestures section.
What? Yes, you can:
Invoke Action Center – tap the touchpad with your four fingers.
Show desktop – swipe all your four fingers towards you.
Switch virtual desktops – swipe all your fingers left or right.
Again, you can change this behavior by going to Settings → Devices → Touchpad and selecting the Taps or Swipes drop-down menu under Three finger gestures section.
You will need a precision touchpad connected to your laptop to take advantage of these amazing multi-finger gestures. To check if your PC has one of these touchpads installed, go to Settings → Devices → Touchpad, and look for the message, “your PC has a precision touchpad,” or the options that let you choose what type of delay you want to use with the touchpad.
Enjoy and happy tapping.
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Last updated: 11/10/2016