When using a tablet or a 2-in-1 device with a touch screen, it's important to understand how to work in Windows 10 using only touch controls. Discover the basics of clicking, dragging, and interfacing with Windows using touch controls. Also learn how to select multiple files in File Explorer and move them to another location.
- [Instructor] If you use a Surface, another two-in-one computer, or just a Windows tablet, the touchscreen will be your primary interface device at least part of the time. So in this movie we'll talk about techniques for working with a touchscreen in Windows 10, including basic clicking, dragging, selecting, and other things that you might traditionally do with a mouse. So first, let's talk about clicking. Anywhere you would traditionally point and click with your mouse in Windows you can tap on the screen with your finger. So I could open up a File Explorer window just by tapping on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar, and there we go.
If I want to open up a folder, I could use the shortcuts on the sidebar. I could just tap on one of those shortcuts, but if I need to double-click on something like if I want to double-click on one of these folders, it's just a double tab. You tap quickly twice with your finger. So I'll double-tap on a folder here. You'll see that opens it up, and that's the same thing that I'll do if I want to open up a file from this folder. Just double-tap on that file, it will open up the related application and display that file. Simple enough, but it is essential.
So from here I want to close this window just by tapping where I would traditionally click. That's the X in the top right corner which closes that window. Now another place I might click would be on the icons in the system tray, so I could for example tap on the speaker icon to get my volume controls, and then I can drag this slider left and right with my finger. Then let go to set the volume for my computer. Of course I can also tap on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen to access the Start menu, and I can tap on that again to close it.
Some Windows tablets have a real Start button right on the front of the device, which does the same thing as tapping on the Start button on the screen. Sometimes it's a physical button that clicks, and sometimes it's a touch sensitive button. Once we're in the Start menu I can access Windows settings from this gear button near the bottom left. I can also sleep, shut down, or restart the computer by tapping on this button and then choosing one of these options. Of course I can tap on a tile here in the Start menu to launch an application, or I can scroll through the list of all applications.
Just place your finger on that list and swipe up and down. And this works on webpages and documents anywhere that you might need to scroll up or down. Just place your finger on it and scroll up and down by swiping up and down. Once you find an application that you want from this list, of course you can tap on it to launch it from here. So now, what about right-clicking? That one is not so obvious. One place where I like to right-click is here in this list of all applications. If I want to pin one of these applications to my taskbar, I can right-click it and then I can get a menu.
But with touch controls, what I'm going to do is tap and hold on something instead. The steps look a tiny bit different depending on what you're right-clicking, so for example if I tap and hold on an application here in this list, after a second you'll see this menu will popup, and of course I could go into More and I could pin this to my taskbar if I wanted to, or I could just tap outside of that menu to close that menu. But if I want to right-click on a file in File Explorer, it looks a tiny bit different. What I'll do is I'll tap and hold for a second, wait for this box to appear, then let go, and then that menu will appear.
So just a tiny bit different but the tap and hold action is the same. And it's basically the same anywhere you might right-click in Windows. I could right-click on the desktop just by tapping and holding there. Let go, and I see the right-click menu that I get on the blank desktop. So what about selecting multiple objects? Now you might think that's a challenge without the Shift or the Control keys on the keyboard. Well, look at this. We're still here in File Explorer and I want to select several files in this folder. Now I can place my finger on the screen, and then I can drag to draw a box around multiple files, and now I've selected several things.
And this is actually something that you can do with a mouse as well. Once I let go, anything in that box is now selected. But what if you don't want to select a whole block like this? Maybe you want to select a few files that are not grouped together. Well first I want to make sure my File Explorer is set to either the List view or the Details view. So I could go into the View ribbon up in the top. You'll see that I'm currently in the Details view. I could go to the List view, but let me go back into the Details view for now. So let's select some random files.
For that, I'll start by tapping on one particular file to select it. Now you can see that file is selected, but you also see a box next to that file with a little checkmark. If I tap on a different file, now that one is selected, and that one has the checkmark next to it. But instead, if I start by selecting one and then the second one I tap on, I tap just to the left of the file where that checkbox would be, now I've selected a second file. And using this technique, I could select a second, or a third, so I can select random files that are not necessarily next to each other.
I find this works easiest in the Details or the List view but it does work in other views as well. Finally, you can drag items around with touch controls just like a mouse. So if I wanted to drag these files that I've selected to the desktop, I can tap and hold with my finger on one of the selected files, drag to my destination, let go, and I've dragged those files over to the desktop, and I can move windows the same way. So if I tap and hold on the top edge of this window, I can move it around. Place that window wherever I want.
Now of course there are a few specialized touch controls that we will see in other movies. But these are really the core essentials. For most things you should be able to operate Windows 10 with the controls that we just saw.
Next, instructor Nick Brazzi steps through how to best become productive with the Surface in Tablet mode, exploring the basic touch controls in Windows 10 and how to adjust important settings. He demonstrates how to multitask, use the onscreen keyboard, work with tiles, and more.
Plus, Nick shows how to get the most out of the Surface accessories, including how to leverage the powerful Surface Pen in popular applications, and how to work with the Surface Dial, which you can use to interface with specialized menus and controls in different applications. He also explores the Windows Ink Workspace, a collection of applications designed specifically for pen input. To wrap up, he goes over important customization and security settings, including how to use Windows Hello for fingerprint or face recognition for fast login.
- Mastering touch controls in Windows 10
- Switching between Tablet mode and Desktop mode
- Launching applications and multitasking in Tablet mode
- Using the onscreen touch keyboard
- Using the Surface Pen
- Working in the Windows Ink Workspace
- Setting a PIN code for fast login
- Fingerprint and face unlocking with Microsoft Hello