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Using gestures

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Using gestures

If you're using Windows 8 on a touchscreen device, you'll need to get immediately familiar with the various Gestures that you can use. But fortunately I think you'll find that those gestures are quite straight forward. Let's start off with the most basic gesture, the Tap. This is essentially the same as clicking a mouse button with a mouse pointer over a particular item. And it means just simply tapping on the display. So for example, I can simply tap on the tile for the photos app and that Photos App will launch. And then within the Photo's App I can tap on a particular item, for example, my SkyDrive, and then tap to navigate to the pictures.

Using gestures

If you're using Windows 8 on a touchscreen device, you'll need to get immediately familiar with the various Gestures that you can use. But fortunately I think you'll find that those gestures are quite straight forward. Let's start off with the most basic gesture, the Tap. This is essentially the same as clicking a mouse button with a mouse pointer over a particular item. And it means just simply tapping on the display. So for example, I can simply tap on the tile for the photos app and that Photos App will launch. And then within the Photo's App I can tap on a particular item, for example, my SkyDrive, and then tap to navigate to the pictures.

And even tap on a particular picture to view it Full Screen. And that brings us to another gesture, which is the Swipe. In this case, if I want to switch between the various images, for example, I can swipe one picture out of the frame to bring a new picture into the frame. I'm just swiping from one picture to the next. And the same swipe works in a variety of other places as well. Such as within the Start screen where we can swipe to to move around and view the different tiles. Another gesture that you'll use on a fairly regular basis is the Two-fingered Pinch.

We can, for example, Zoom Outward on a photo. So, that, in this case, I go from viewing 1 photo to several photos by using two fingers to pinch the photo inward. I can also pinch outward in order to Zoom In so, in this case, zooming in on one particular photo. And even on that photo itself, I can pinch to zoom in on the image and then use that swipe to pan around and pinch again to zoom back outward to the full image. The Charm Bar provides quick access to some of the most commonly used features in Windows 8. And you can access that Charm Bar just by swiping in from the right side of the display.

We can then, for example, tap on the Start button to go back to the Start screen. But note that in many cases, your tablet will probably have a button that will take you directly to that Start screen as well. When you have multiple applications running, they run on the left side of the screen. So for example, if I go to the weather application and then swipe in from the left side, you'll see that the previous application comes into view. I can continue dragging that application, that happens to be photos in this case. And then release to bring that Photo App all the way Full Screen.

In other words, switching between applications with a simple swipe inward from the left edge. But if I want to switch to a different application, I can vary that swipe just a little bit. I'll go ahead and swipe inward from the left edge. You'll see that in this case I get the Weather Application coming back in. But if I move my finger back over toward that left edge again after swiping inward, you'll see that the Application Bar Appears. Here I can switch to the Start screen or any of the other applications that are currently running with a simple tap. We can also close an application with a simple gesture. I'll go ahead and switch to the Reader application, for example. And if I Drag downward from the top of the display, then you'll see, once I get to about the center of the screen, that the application reduces in size. And essentially that application is now attached to my finger, so I can Drag it around.

But if I Drag it all the way down to the bottom of the display you will see that it gets smaller still and translucent as well. And if I release my finger, the applicaiton is closed, so it's no longer running on the device. But of course I don't need to perform that gesture quite so slowly, I'll go ahead and switch to the Photos application. And then I'll swipe inward from the top all the way down to the bottom and the application is closed. We can also bring up the Options bar with a simple flick, a drag inward from the bottom of the screen. In this case of course, there are not too many options because I just brought up the options bar with the Start screen displayed.

I'll go ahead and flick again in order to remove that Options bar. Then I'll flick across one of the other applications, and now you can see that the options on the options bar relate to that particular tile. In addition to that Flick gesture however, I can also Drag a tile around. I'll go ahead and flick on the news tile for example. But then, instead of releasing my finger from the screen, I'll go ahead and continue moving around. And you can see that that tile for the News Application is following my finger. So I can move it into a different position if I'd like for example. And there you have it.

I think if you spend just a few minutes getting familiar with these gestures, your experience on a touchscreen device will be that much more fluid and efficient.

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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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