Learn to rely on gestures supported by the touchpad of your laptop with Windows
Probably many of you faced with the expression «touchpad with gestures support,» looking at the specs for the latest laptop models. Many users easily transcribe it as «a new feature associated with Windows 8 and its interface, based on the idea of touch control»… and stop there, thus ignoring one of the most interesting, useful and innovative capabilities of modern mobile computers.
Actually all is much more interesting – imagine the touchpad on the laptop, which is a kind of miniature copy of the touch screen. If the device is touch-screen, touchpad, in a sense, can be a elegant replacement. Thanks to the gesture-enabled touchpads in devices of the latest generation provide opportunities for simple, convenient and intuitive control of Windows 8/8.1/10 and in fact perform much more functions, much more than a simple alternative to the mouse, as it was before.
Microsoft offers a built-in (native) support for such controls in the operating system, including a basic set of gestures, but at the same time allows all the major manufacturer tachpadom (both Synaptics and Elan, for example), add their changes associated with different additional functions.
In that case, if you want to see the full range of capabilities of the touchpad built into your laptop model, find the corresponding information in the user manual or on the manufacturer’s website.
The above mentioned manufacturers tachpadom offer very good support, including a detailed visual guide on the various gestures that support their decisions.
Because of the variations on this theme quite a lot, in this article we will touch on just some of the basic management capabilities that offer all touchpads with gesture support:
- Pinch Zoom (Zoom) gesture, which is familiar to every user of the sensor device. Reminiscent of «pinch» which increases (and decreases respectively) the size of certain objects in any compatible with this kind of control application. For example, this gesture is designed for quick resizing of images in the Photos app in Windows 8/8.1/10.
- Charms – side menu in Windows 8/8.1 is activated by a slight slip of the finger on the touch screen from right to left. The identical gesture is used to open this menu and using the touchpad, which supports this type of control – slide your finger across the surface, starting as close as possible from the right edge towards the left.
- Switcher – another iconic ribbon in Windows 8/8.1, located opposite to the Charms in the upper left corner of the screen. It is used to quickly switch between running Metro/Modern apps. Gesture to call it the same as for Charms, with the difference that the finger movement should start from left to right.
- Rotate (Twist) is a relatively unusual gesture, which is sometimes disabled by default. Allows you to rotate the position of the active object, simultaneously sliding two fingers on the surface of the touch panel. Useful when editing images, for example.
- Scroll (Scroll) , a well – known option to scroll web pages or documents. This gesture is similar to the action normally performed by the mouse wheel. Performed simultaneous movement of two fingers on the surface of the touchpad. Depending on the direction of the detected vertical or horizontal scrolling.
Creating Windows 10, Microsoft also put a lot of effort to improve navigation using the touchpad. The new operating system supports a number of finger gestures that allow you to get access to new features including notifications, Cortana and virtual desktops.