Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using touch screens and gestures, part of Windows 8.1 Essential Training.
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If you're going to be running Windows 8.1 on a computer with a touchscreen attached. Or if you're going to be running it on a Surface tablet or a smartphone, 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. You simply tap the app that you want to launch, like the Calendar, for example. To access the charm where we find the Start button. Swipe from the very far right edge to the left, and then the charms appear. Now tap the Start Screen button and you're back.
Let's tap another app, Internet Explorer to get it running too. To access the switcher now, we swipe from the far left edge to the right and then back ever so slightly Now we can tap the calendar tile to switch to it. To close an open app, you can swipe from the very top edge down until the app turns into a thumbnail, continue dragging it down to the very bottom of the screen where they'll eventually flip around. Let go and it'll be closed. As you know, you can do this with your mouse pointer too.
To get to the All Apps view, swipe from the bottom of the screen up. Now, too many apps to appear in one view. We can swipe right to left or left to right to see them. 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. Just tap anywhere in an empty spot on the start screen to zoom back out. Now working with a tablet will usually mean no physical keyboard. But, when you access an area that requires input, your touch or soft keyboard will appear.
Let's swipe from the far right edge into the left to access the charms. Now we'll tap Search. Now we can actually type. Let's type in the word calendar, and then tap the Calendar thumbnail in the search results. There you have it, Microsoft has made it quite easy to navigate Windows 8.1. Whether you're using a mouse and keyboard or gestures on a touch screen Surface tablet or mobile device like your Windows phone.
- Using touch screens and gestures
- Organizing files and folders
- Managing your inbox with the Mail app
- Working with photos
- Managing contacts in the People app
- Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
- Getting connected to other PCs and devices
- Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
- Using parental controls to block unwanted content
- Printing from Windows 8
- Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
- Keeping file backups with File History