Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using gestures and touch, part of Windows 8 Release Preview First Look.
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If you're running Windows 8 on a computer with a touchscreen attached or if you're going to be running it on a tablet, you'll want to know how to navigate using touch or what we call gestures. Let's explore some of them now. We'll begin with launching an app. Let's say we want to launch Calendar. We simply tap the app that we want to launch and it opens up. To access the charms where we find the Start button, swipe from the far right edge to the left and the charms appear. Now all we have to do is tap the Start button and we're back.
Let's tap another app now, Internet Explorer to get it running too. To access the Switcher now we swipe from the far left edge towards the right. Now we can switch to the app we want to access, like the Calendar. To close and open the app we can swipe from the very top edge down until the app turns into a thumbnail. Continue dragging it down to the bottom of the screen where it will eventually disappear, meaning it's been closed, and you can do this with your mouse pointer too.
We know right-clicking inside an app or on the Start screen will bring up the app bar. To do this on a touchscreen, swipe from the very bottom edge of the screen upwards. Here in the Start screen we see the All apps option in the bottom-right. So let's tap it. Now with too many apps to view in one screen, we can swipe right to left and left to right to see them all, scrolling through them in one widescreen. Now we can also zoom out by pinching which is the same as clicking the Minimize button with your mouse in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Now working with a tablet usually means there's no physical keyboard, but when you access an area that requires input your soft keyboard will appear. For example, if we swipe from the right edge to access the charms and now tap right inside the Search field, notice that the soft keyboard appears at the bottom of the screen. Now we can type in the app we are looking for like Calendar for example. We'll type in calendar, over on the left-hand side, the thumbnail appears, we tap it and we're back to our calendar.
So there you have it. Microsoft has made it quite easy to navigate Windows 8 whether you're using a mouse and keyboard or gestures on a touchscreen or tablet.
- Exploring the Start screen
- Differentiating between Windows 8 editions
- Personalizing the look and feel of Windows 8
- Working with maps and photos
- Exploring utility apps such as BitLocker, EFS, and Domain Join
- Using File History
- Exploring web navigation with Internet Explorer 10