Some useful gestures, commands and shortcuts when using Windows 10 (using touchpad or when you are in tablet mode)

Very often we are used to use mouse/keyboard for interacting with our PC and, even when it could be used as a tablet, we continue to feel the need of them.

Both Windows 8 UI and, even more, Windows 10 one have been designed to have an easy interaction with fingers, using the touchscreen.  In the following I will insert all the information I find and experiment in order to better use the Windows 10 UI in tablet mode: you will see how easy it is and you won’t need the mouse and keyboard anymore!!

 

PS: be careful that the Tablet mode button, available in the Action Center, is disabled whenever you have multiple displays set as “Extend these display”: in fact only one display can be handled by touch.

Tablet mode button disabled whenever you have multiple displays set as "Extend these display"

Tablet mode button disabled whenever you have multiple displays set as “Extend these display”

If you want to set the Tablet mode, and so have that button enabled, when you have multiple displays, you need to set “Duplicate these displays“: this is true also id, as second display you have a projector.

Tablet mode button enabled whenever you have multiple displays set as "Duplicate these display"

Tablet mode button enabled whenever you have multiple displays set as “Duplicate these display”

 

Browser Edge full screen: Windows + Shift + Enter (to go and the same to return to normal view)

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Hardware shortcut

printscreen   Windows button (HW) + Volume-down button (HW)  [or, using the in the touchpad, Fn + Space ]

cntl+alt+del   Windows button (HW) + power-on/off button (HW)

Note that, till now, in Windows 10 there is no shortcut option to switch to Desktop when we are in a Tablet mode. We can only access the desktop, if we turn off the Tablet mode from the Action center: you only have to swipe left from the right edge to have the Action center appear when the PC is in tablet mode and so there is no more the need to have a specific Desktop tile but some shortcut to easily switch to desktop could be anyway useful!

Soft reset – hold together the volume rocker up and power on until it restart (for several seconds).

How to Factory Restore and/or Restore Recovery Partition – see video

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Touchpad gestures

  • 3 Finger Up – Task View

Move your 3 fingers to top of the touch pad and it activates task view, which opens all the open apps, programs, and windows.

  • 3 Finger Down – Show Desktop

Moving 3 fingers downwards minimizes all the open apps, programs, and windows to show desktop.

  • 3 Finger flick left to right – Switch to previous app

Flick three fingers from left to right to go back to the previous app.

  • 3 Finger Swipe left to right – Alt-Tab (Task View)

Swiping 3 fingers from left to right is same as pressing the famous key combo ALT + Tab key, which pops up open tasks and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select).

Touchpad gestures

Touchpad gestures

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Electronic engineer
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