Working with Windows 10 Using a Touchscreen Laptop

By Nancy C. Muir

If you have a touchscreen device, either a laptop or tablet, you’ll be glad to hear that Windows 10 is designed to be used with a touchscreen. The table below lists several of the ways you can interact with your touchscreen computing device.

Touchscreen Gestures for Windows 10
Gesture Result
Swipe up or down Move up or down on a web page
Swipe left or right Move to the right or left to reveal additional content that extends beyond the screen in Windows or an app
Swipe the right edge of the screen Display the Action Center
Pinch to zoom in or out Zoom in or out on a page
Tap Select an item
Right-click Hold the screen until a small pop-up appears and then lift your finger to reveal the context-specific menu
Swipe the left edge of the screen Open Task View

If you are using a 2-in-1 laptop that allows you to remove the monitor from the keyboard, a pop-up message will ask if you want to enter Tablet mode. Click this pop-up, and apps and the Start menu will be displayed full screen to make them more usable on the tablet. If you want to use this mode on a standard laptop, you can click the Tablet Mode Quick Action button in Action Center to do so.