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Window 7 Multi Touch - Zoom, Two Finger Pinch and MultiTouch with Win 7 and IE 8

Updated on October 20, 2010

Touch Screen Improvements

Windows 7 had numerous improvements specifiacally for touch screens geared towards improving the overall touch screen experience.

Not to be overlooked are the Multi-Touch features.

Multi-Touch

Multi-Touch devices,which are touchscreens that can handle more than one point of contact at a time, have been popping up on the market.

Common Multi-Touch actions called gestures, like the two finger pinch used to zoom, allow users to more seamlessly interact with their PC.

There are some common multi-touch actions which Microsoft has built into many of its applications. Please find a list of some of them below.

Multi-Touch Actions in Windows 7

Right-Click - Windows treates holding one finger down and then taping another finger as a right mouse click.

Ctrl - Mouse Wheel (Zoom) - Throughout windows you can zoom in by pinching two fingers together or zoom out by pushing them apart.

Mouse wheel press and drag (Pan) - When zoomed in you can pan around by pressing and holding two fingers and then draging them around the screen.


Internet Explorer (IE8)

The following Multi-Touch gestures can be performed in Internet Explorer 8.

  • Zoom - Using the two finger pinch technique will let you zoom your website in and out.
  • Zoom on Element - If you tap two fingers it will zoom into that element
  • Reset Zoom - If you tap both fingers when you are zoomed in it will reset the zoom.
  • Pan - A double finger press and drag will pan around a website when it is zoomed in.

Microsoft Paint

The following Multi-Touch gestures can be performed in Microsoft Paint.

  • Multi-touch zoom is not supported in Microsoft Paint
  • Multi-touch panning not supported in Microsoft Paint

Finger painting can be done in Microsoft Paint. You can draw or paint with more as many points as your multi-touch device supports. As such, Microsoft Paint is used for the multi-touch test to see how many points your device supports.

Windows Live Photo Gallery

The following Multi-Touch gestures can be performed in the Windows Live Photo Gallery.

Zoom - Using the two finger pinch technique will let you zoom in and out of the image.

Pan - A double finger press and drag will pan the zoomed image.

Rotate - A double finger press and rotate will roate the image.

Microsoft Word

The following Multi-Touch gestures can be performed in Microsoft Paint.

  • Zoom - Using the two finger pinch technique will let you zoom in and out.
  • Pan - A double finger press and drag will pan.

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      phil 6 years ago

      any tips for Google Earth? Would be nice to use only the fingers and no mouse ;)

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      Cory 5 years ago

      I have the microsoft touch mouse, it would be great to use these gestures with that interface!

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