Handy Windows 10 Touchpad and Touchscreen Gestures

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Windows 10 supports a variety of keyboard shortcuts (See last month’s post) as well as gestures for touch-based devices. Try them out a few times, and before long they’ll become second nature.

Touchpads are standard equipment on laptops and for everyday computing a modern touchpad can do pretty much everything a mouse can.

Windows 10 touchpad gestures

GESTURE WHAT IT DOES
Tap the touchpad with one finger Open or select an item
Tap the touchpad with two fingers Show more commands (like right-clicking)
Tap the touchpad with three fingers Open Cortana
Tap the touchpad with four fingers Open the Action Center
Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide vertically or horizontally Scroll
Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch Zoom out
Place two fingers on the touchpad and spread them apart Zoom in
Swipe three fingers up Show thumbnails of your currently running apps in Task View
Swipe three fingers down Show the desktop
Swipe three fingers either left or right Switch between your open apps
Swipe four fingers either left or right Switch between virtual desktops

If you’re working on a tablet or a touchscreen PC, here’s how to get around:

Windows 10 touchscreen gestures

GESTURE WHAT IT DOES
Tap Open or select an item
Tap the Windows button Switch between the Start screen and the currently running app
Press and hold Pop up a menu to display more information about the item
Press and hold, slide and release Move an item to a new location (the equivalent of dragging an item with a mouse)
Pinch with two fingers Zoom out (used in apps such as Maps where you commonly zoom in and out)
Spread two fingers apart Zoom in (used in apps such as Maps where you commonly zoom in and out)
Rotate with two fingers Rotate the display in the direction you move your fingers
Swipe horizontally Scroll sideways through a screen
Swipe vertically Scroll up or down
On the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen Display the login screen
Swipe in from the left edge of the screen to the center Show thumbnails of your currently running apps in Task View
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen to the center Display the Action Center
Pull down from the top of the screen to the bottom Close an app
Swipe down from the top of an app Bring up the app’s title bar
Slowly pull down from the top of an app Snap the app to take up one half of the screen
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