Windows 11 has a few touchscreen gestures to help get things done. Here is a list of all the touchscreen gestures in Windows 11.
Most mid to high-end Windows 11 laptops have a touchscreen. That means you can control the operating system and its components using the touchscreen, just like your mobile phone. In fact, ever since Windows 10, Microsoft has been trying to make the whole operating system as touch-friendly as possible. That is one of the reasons why you see a lot of big buttons, spaced-out list times, etc. Not only the operating system but most third-party applications like Chrome are also adopting touchscreen devices.
On a Windows 11 laptop with touchscreen functionality, you can make things better with the touchscreen gestures. For example, you can use the Windows 11 touchscreen gestures to open widgets, switch between desktops, minimize or maximize windows, scroll, zoom in and out, etc.
The thing is, most users don’t know the built-in touchscreen gestures. The good thing is that is where this guide comes into play.
So, without further ado, let me show and share with you the list of all the default touchscreen gestures in Windows 11.
List of touchscreen gestures in Windows 11
Here is a list of all the touchscreen gestures in Windows 11. I’ve also added a simple description of what each gesture does.
- Single tap
- One finger right edge swipe
- One finger left edge swipe
- Two-finger tap
- Two-finger vertical scroll
- Two-finger horizontal scroll
- Three-finger swipe up
- Three-finger swipe down
- Three-finger edge swipe
- Four-finger edge swipe
Single tap: Use this gesture to select a file or folder. i.e., simply tap one time on a file or folder, and it is selected instantly.
One finger right edge swipe: Swiping from the right edge with one finger will open the Notification Center. A pretty quick way to check and manage Windows 11 notifications.
One finger left edge swipe: Swiping from the left edge with one finger will open the Widgets panel.
Two-finger tap: This gesture will open the context menu. As the name suggests, the menu will depend on where and what you tap.
Two-finger vertical scroll: This gesture will scroll the screen vertically if the vertical scrollbar is available.
Two-finger horizontal scroll: This gesture will scroll the screen horizontally if the horizontal scrollbar is available.
Three-finger swipe up: Maximize or show all Windows. This gesture offers a quick way to maximize all Windows.
Three-finger swipe down: This gesture will minimize all application windows and shows the desktop. Very helpful to quickly navigate to desktop or minimize windows.
Three-finger edge swipe: Swiping with three fingers from the right edge will open the Notifications panel. Swiping from the left will open the Widgets panel.
Four-finger edge swipe: This gesture will allow switching between virtual desktops.
That is all. These are current touch screen gestures in Windows 11. As Microsoft added more touch screen gestures, I will add those new gestures to the current list.
I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.