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How to Use Touchpad or Trackpad Gestures in Windows 8

Windows 8 Touchpad Getsures

Do you know what is a touchpad or trackpad? The folks who have used a notebook or any netbook are well aware of this term. Basically touchpad or trackpad is a pointing device provided in almost all laptops, notebooks and netbooks as well as in all of the touch enabled devices. For those using Microsoft’s latest operating system, Microsoft offers a few more new touchpad gestures.

In a normal laptop powered by any version of Windows other than Windows 8 you can simply use the touchpad to a left-click, right-click, double-click, move the mouse cursor, and also scroll a page. Some touchpads let you zoom-in or zoom-out as well.

But as you know well (if using Windows 8) that Microsoft has added number or innovative features including Charms bar app-switch, and app bar. All these could easily be revealed by using touchpad or trackpad gestures.

Let’s learn how these touch gestures can be used. You can simply move the mouse cursor to the upper or lower right corner of the screen, this will bring you the Charms bar. For revealing app-switch to quickly switch between running apps you need to move the cursor to the left-edge of the screen.

In the other case when you are using Windows 8 on a compatible notebook or for the case you have purchased a notebook preinstalled with Windows 8, there is no need to use mouse cursor  for accessing the charms bar or app-switch. As you can simply do this by swiping from the right edge of the touchpad to the left for revealing the Charms bar and swiping from the left edge of the touchpad to the right brings up the app-switch.

Windows 8

Following are some of the most handy touchpad gestures introduced with Windows 8:

  • You can Slide-in from the right edge of the touchpad to view the Charms bar. You know, Charms bar lets you quickly access Start screen, settings, and settings options.
  • View the app-switch or switcher by Sliding-in from the left edge of the touchpad to quickly switch between running apps.
  • Swipe down from the top edge of the touchpad to display app’s bar or Start screen’s app bar. Alternatively you can use Windows + Z hotkey or right-click anywhere on the screen to bring up the app bar.
  • For rotate action, you need to move two fingers on the touchpad and then move them in a circle.
  • To perform horizontal scrolling just Move two fingers on the trackpad and then move them from right to left or left to right.
  • With pinch gesture you can zoom in and out. For this you have to place two fingers on the touchpad and then move them towards each other for zoom in or move them in opposite direction to perform zoom out.

All these touch gestures are easy to use and pretty simple. You can improve your touch experience on your Windows 8 with this guide. 

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