“Touch gestures” improve the efficiency of PC work! | NIKKEI STYLE

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Master’s computer operation is sometimes too fast to follow with eyes. The feature is that it uses a lot of keyboards, and the combination of mouse and keys is also excellent. Let’s master it too. Not only the operation method but also the efficient memorization method will be taught three times in the “Reintroduction”. It is a guarantee that if you wear it, you will be able to make a fool of yourself with your colleagues at work.

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A “touch pad” equipped on a laptop computer as a substitute for a mouse. Some people dislike this and use only the mouse. Is it easier to scroll and zoom in / out with the mouse? It’s a ridiculous misunderstanding, rude to the touchpad. If you only have simple operations such as clicking and dragging, the treasure will be lost. The true value of the touchpad is “touch gesture” (hereinafter referred to as “gesture”). It is in.

You can use two-finger gestures, which is almost the same as the touch panel.

Gesture is to call a specific function by “number and movement of fingers”, for example, swiping with two fingers to scroll the screen.Figure 1). You can do the same thing with a touch pad as you would with a touch panel on a smartphone or LCD display.

The touchpad is very close to the keyboard. While typing characters, reaching for a mouse far away each time to scroll or zoom in / out will reduce work efficiency. Use the touchpad positively.

Figure 1 It’s a waste to just use a laptop touchpad instead of a mouse. Let’s make use of “touch gestures” (hereinafter referred to as “gestures”). For example, while surfing the net, swiping the touchpad up or down with two fingers (1) scrolls the page (2).Remember that you can do the same thing as a touch panel

However, be careful about the type of touchpad. Two-finger gestures can be used on most models, but three or more operations require multi-touch support (“Figure 2). Since it cannot be judged visually, try the gesture or check the correspondence with the “touch pad” on the “setting” screen. Multi-touch compatible ones are called “high precision touchpads” in Windows.

Figure 2 Two-finger gestures can be performed on almost any touchpad. Multi-touch support is required for 3 or more, and the support status can be confirmed on the setting screen (right).On the other hand, in order to use gestures with three or more fingers on the touch panel of the liquid crystal display, the manufacturer’s support or Windows 11 is required, and even in the case of 11, the gesture may be different from the touch pad.

The “number and movement of fingers”, which is the point of gestures, is almost the same for both touchpads and touch panels (Figure 3). Tap, swipe, pinch out, pinch in, etc. are familiar operations on smartphones. Use up to 4 fingers on Windows 10 and 11. The functions executed by each may differ depending on the application (especially with three or more fingers), but scrolling with a two-finger swipe and enlargement / reduction by pinch-in / pinch-out are common.

Figure 3 Many gestures such as taps, swipes, pinch-ins, and pinch-outs are very similar to smartphones. It is a mechanism that recognizes the number and movement of fingers and executes the function. The touch pad supports gestures other than =, and the touch panel can be used except for 3, 4, and 5 in principle[Note]

[Note]For details on touch panel screen gestures that can be used in Windows 11, see the Microsoft support page (https://support.microsoft.com/ja-jp/windows/a9d28305-4818-a5df-4e2b-e5590f850741#WindowsVersion=Windows_11). You can check the details by searching for “Windows with touch gesture” in

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