For Seniors: Use a Touchscreen

Although most people don’t have touchscreen computers today, Windows 8.1 was designed to work with this form of input, so here is an overview of how to use a touchscreen laptop with Windows 8.1.

With a touchscreen laptop, touching the screen with your finger replaces a mouse click. You can tap the screen to select something, to activate features with buttons, and to make a field active so you can type content. Windows 8.1 also offers an onscreen keyboard that touchscreen users can work with to enter text with the tap of a finger.

You can also use your finger to swipe to the right, left, up, or down to move from one page to another (for example, from one web page to another or from one photo to the next in the Gallery app) or to move up or down on a page.

Gesture Result
Swipe up or down. Move up or down on a web page or swipe down from the top edge to close an app.
Swipe left or right. Move to the right or left; for example, you can swipe left or right on the Start screen to display more app tiles.
Swipe the right edge of the screen. Display the Charms bar.
Pinch to zoom in or out. Zoom in or out on a page or the Start screen.
Tap. Select an item.
Right-click, which involves pressing and holding down the screen. Hold screen until a small pop-up appears and then lift your finger to reveal the context-specific menu.
Double-tap near the bottom of the screen. Display the Desktop taskbar.

Windows 8.1 also offers some gestures you can make with your fingers, such as moving your fingers apart and then pinching them together to minimize elements on your screen, or swiping down from the top of the screen to close an app. If you do own a touchscreen and want to learn more, visit Microsoft’s website.

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