How to use Touch Screen Gestures in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to use touch gestures with touch screen devices with Windows 11. A touch gesture is the physical action performed on a touch screen by one’s finger(s).

Touch gestures are like keyboard shortcuts for your touchscreen devices. You can perform many actions using your fingers, including selecting items, drag ‘n drop, move files and folders and many more actions can be performed with your fingers on your touch screen devices.

You can use touch gestures on your Windows 11 touchscreen devices, however, you must enable or turn it on. To do that, go to the Start menu ==> Bluetooth & devices > Touch > Three- and four-finger touch gestures. Turn it on if it’s not already enabled.

Also, if your device’s touch screen is disabled or you want to enable it, read the post below.

How to disable or enable touch screen on Windows 11

Below we’ll provide you a list of touch screen gestures you can use for Windows 11 to get work done.

How to use touch gestures in Windows 11

As mentioned above, touch gestures will let you perform physical actions on a touch screen with your finger(s).

Note: When touch gestures are enabled, three- and four-finger interactions in your apps might not work. To continue using these interactions in your apps, turn off this setting.

Select an itemTap the screen 
ScrollPlace two fingers on the screen and slide horizontally or vertically
Zoom in or outPlace two fingers on the screen and pinch in or stretch out
Show more commands (like right-clicking)Press and hold the item 
Show all open windowsSwipe with three fingers up on the screen 
Show the desktopSwipe with three fingers down on the screen 
Switch to the last open appSwipe with three fingers to the left or right on the screen 
Open notification centerSwipe with one finger in from the right edge of the screen 
See widgetsSwipe with one finger in from the left edge of screen
Switch desktopsSwipe with four fingers to the left or right on the screen

That should do it!


This post showed you how to use touch gestures with touch screen devices running Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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