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February 14, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:07am

5 Windows 8 touchpad short cuts

Make your life easier with these simple time saving tips.

By Duncan Macrae


Touch and drag the page with one or two fingers. You can use panning to see another part of a page that has scroll bars. As an example, you can pan to see part of a long document that does not appear in the window. When you pan with one finger, drag your finger vertically to move the page. Dragging your finger horizontally selects text on the page.


In order to zoom out, touch two points on the item, then pinch your fingers together. If you want to zoom in, touch two points on the item, and then move your fingers away from each other, as if you’re stretching them apart.


If you want to access the app switcher, swipe a finger inwards from the left side of the touchpad. The switcher will then appear on the left side of the screen.

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The switcher shows the entire Desktop, including all of your desktop applications, as a single thumbnail.


Touch two points on the item, then move it in the direction you want to rotate it.

You can use rotation to move a photo or other item on the screen in a circular direction, either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Press and tap

Press the item with one finger, then quickly tap with another, while continuing to press the item with the first finger.

Press and tap is used in order to access the shortcut menu. It does the same thing as press and hold or right-clicking an item.




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