Windows 10 is designed to be user-friendly and compatible with a variety of input methods, including touchscreens. If you have a touchscreen device or are using a touchscreen monitor, you can take full advantage of Windows 10’s touchscreen features to enhance your user experience. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use these features effectively.
Using Touchscreen Gestures
- Tap: Tapping with your finger on the screen is similar to a left-click with a mouse. You can use it to open apps, select items, and perform various actions.
- Scroll: Swiping up or down with one or more fingers allows you to scroll through documents, web pages, and apps. This is similar to using a scroll wheel on a mouse.
- Pinch to Zoom: Place two fingers on the screen and pinch them together to zoom out, or spread them apart to zoom in. This is especially useful for viewing images or web pages.
- Rotate: You can use two fingers to rotate items, such as photos. Simply twist your fingers in a circular motion to rotate the selected object.
Enabling Tablet Mode
If you have a 2-in-1 device like a convertible laptop or a tablet with a detachable keyboard, you can enable Tablet Mode for a more touch-friendly interface.
- Click on the Action Center icon in the taskbar (it looks like a speech bubble) and select “Tablet mode.”
- In Tablet Mode, the Start Menu becomes a full-screen Start screen, and the interface is optimized for touch input.
- To exit Tablet Mode, repeat the same steps and select “Tablet mode” to toggle it off.
Using the On-Screen Keyboard
Windows 10 provides an on-screen keyboard that can be particularly handy when using a touchscreen device or if your physical keyboard is unavailable.
- To open the on-screen keyboard, tap on the keyboard icon in the system tray (next to the clock) or search for “On-Screen Keyboard” in the Start Menu.
- You can resize and move the on-screen keyboard as needed for your convenience.
- Customize the keyboard settings to suit your typing preferences.
Calibrating Your Touchscreen
If you find that your touchscreen is not as accurate as it should be, you can calibrate it for improved performance.
- Go to the “Settings” app.
- Click on “Devices.”
- Select “Touchpad” from the left-hand menu.
- Under “Related settings,” click on “Calibrate your screen for pen or touch input.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your touchscreen.
Windows 10’s touchscreen features make it easy to navigate your device using touch input. Whether you have a touchscreen laptop, tablet, or desktop monitor, you can take full advantage of these features to interact with your computer more intuitively. With this guide, you’ll be able to tap, scroll, pinch, and zoom your way through Windows 10 with ease.