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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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