Monday, February 1, 2010


Reach Out And Touch Using Windows Touch | Windows 7 Touch Shortcuts

No Windows 7 feature is as exciting and profoundly futuristic, perhaps, as Windows Touch, which provides both touch support and multi-touch support to Windows 7. That means that, with the proper computing hardware, such as a touch-compatible desktop computer like HP’s excellent TouchSmart line of products, or touch-compatible Tablet PCs, you can actually interact with Windows 7 almost entirely using just your fingers. It’s a liberating experience.

Touch support is pervasive throughout Windows 7. It became obvious that Windows Touch wasn’t so much a separate bit of functionality as it was a fully integrated way of interacting with the system, much Like the physical Post-It Notes they emulate, Sticky Notes come in different colors. To change the color of a note, right-click it and choose from the colors in the list that appears.

Like the keyboard and mouse have been for the past few decades. So the truth is, once you get the hang of the basics, you can pretty much use Windows Touch as your only interface to the system if you’d like. So we’ll cover what you need to get started here. And we think you’ll come to agree that the Windows 7 touch interface is so natural and so obvious that you’ll be up and running in no time at all.
Figure: The HP TouchSmart PC touched off a new generation of touch-compatible PCs.

Touch-compatible PCs operate much like the Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs). That is, the system can be navigated with a keyboard and mouse, as usual, but if you actually tap the screen with one or more fingers, you’ll see a new mouse cursor, which looks a bit like a small star, appear as you tap the screen. This is shown in Figure below.
Figure: Windows 7 lets you touch the desktop and other UI bits with your finger.

Windows 7 also makes some minor changes to the default UI when it is installed on touchcompatible hardware. For example, the size of onscreen elements is changed from the default Smaller (100 percent) setting to Medium (125 percent) so that window controls, buttons, and other UI objects are a bit larger and, thus, finger-friendly. (You can change this setting from the Display control panel.) Tapping the screen to select items works just like clicking the mouse button. To right-click, hold down your finger on the screen for a few seconds. When a graphical circle appears around your fingertip, as shown in Figure below, let go. Then, the expected right-click menu appears.
Figure: You can right-click a touch screen by holding down your finger on the screen.

Every Windows 7 application can be accessed via touch, and indeed some of them have been dramatically updated to take advantage of unique Windows Touch functionality. For example, in Paint, you can paint with your finger, which is of course fun. But you can also use multi-touch to paint with two fingers simultaneously, as shown in Figure below.
Figure: Paint becomes Finger Paint with Windows Touch.

Other applications, like Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, support finger flicks, which let you navigate back and forth from view to view by flicking your finger. In IE, for example, you can emulate the Back command by flicking your finger to the right within IE. To go Forward, flick to the left. Media Center is another application that is uniquely suitable for Windows Touch because of its overly large buttons and other UI controls. Media Player, too, is designed for touch access.

And it’s no mistake that taskbar buttons are large and square in Windows 7: they’re touch friendly. To trigger a taskbar button Jump List, just tap the button and, while holding down, swoop upwards. As you can see in the next Figure , the Jump List will spring to life. (You can emulate this with a mouse too, if you’re looking for unique new ways to use a mouse in Windows 7.)
Figure: Jump Lists can be activated via a finger swoop too.

Aero Peek is designed for touch, too: on a touch-enabled screen, it’s twice as wide as usual so it can accommodate your fingertip.

Figure: Aero Peek gets bigger so you can activate it with your chubby fingers.

Here is the highlights some of the touch gestures that are now available in Windows 7.

Windows Touch Keyboard Shortcuts ( Read As Command    -      Gesture     -      What It Does )
  1. Click  - Tap - Selects an object
  2. Double-click - Double tap - Opens selected object
  3. Right-click - Press and hold (or press and tap with second finger) - Emulates a right-click
  4. Drag - Touch object and slide finger across screen - Operates like selecting and dragging with a mouse
  5. Scroll - Drag up or down inside of document area of the window - Works like using the scrollbars
  6. Zoom in - Pinch two fingers together - Zooms in on the current view
  7. Zoom out - Pinch two fingers Apart - Zooms out in the current view
  8. Return to default zoom - Two-finger tap - Returns the view to the default zoom
  9. Rotate - Touch two spots and spin fingers - Rotates current view (supported applications, like Paint, only)
  10. Navigate back - Flick right - Emulates the Back command
  11. Navigate forward - Flick left - Emulates the Forward command


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February 24, 2010 at 4:22 AM delete

Really awesome technology attractive & interesting, few days ago I bought some car accessories at discount electronics store.

Steve Parker