Windows 10 Tutorials 33 – Touchscreen Desktop

Windows 10 Tutorials 33 – Touchscreen Desktop

Welcome to our Windows 10 tutorial series.

We will be spending time walking you through the ins and outs of Windows 10.

A short guide on touching the desktop on a touchscreen.

Tried and tested, the desktop in Windows 10 still works best with a keyboard and mouse — thanks to its tiny buttons and thin bars. This is one area of Microsoft’s operating system that probably will not get touch elements.

And for good reason too.

So if you’re using the desktop on a touchscreen tablet, it’s a good idea to buy a portable mouse and keyboard for work on the desktop.

Tutorials Touchscreen Desktop

The desktop environment in Windows 10 as it currently is.

Fingers may work well for tapping the Start Menu or the expanded Start Screen in the new operating system, but there are some touchscreen controls built on the desktop. Here are a few pointers on how to control the desktop with your fingers:

Select: If you want to select something on the desktop, try doing so with your fingertip. Unless you have small hands, the pad of your finger may be too large.

Double-click: Fingertips work best here too. To double-click something on the desktop tap it twice.

Right-click: Now, this procedure is a little more complex. To right-click an item, press your fingertip on it gently and wait for a small square to appear onscreen. This popup menu will stay onscreen, even if you remove your finger. Simply select your desired option from here.

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Again, it’s best to get a small Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for your touchscreen Windows 10 device. Navigating via touch on desktop becomes all the more difficult on smaller tablets.

It is definitely possible, but if you find yourself regularly in the desktop environment, invest in these two accessories to better maneuver your way around this traditional UI.

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Katherine says April 16, 2015

This is so annoying, I don’t want to use a mouse with my tablet, it ruins its purpose.

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Brody says April 16, 2015

So the guys from Windows wanted to build a better OS for touchscreen devices but we need a mouse and keyboard for this? Talk about not thinking it through…

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