Touch gestures

You can use these gestures on the touch screen of your Windows 11 device. To turn touch gestures on, select Start > Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touch > Three- and four-finger touch gestures, and make sure it's turned on. 

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.

Action

Gestures

Select an item

Tap the screen 

Scroll

Place two fingers on the screen and slide horizontally or vertically

Zoom in or out

Place 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 windows

Swipe with three fingers up on the screen 

Show the desktop

Swipe with three fingers down on the screen 

Switch to the last open app

Swipe with three fingers to the left or right on the screen 

Open notification center

Swipe with one finger in from the right edge of the screen 

See widgets

Swipe with one finger in from the left edge of screen

Switch desktops

Swipe with four fingers to the left or right on the screen

Touchpad gestures

Try out these gestures on the touchpad of your Windows 11 laptop. Some of these gestures will only work with precision touchpads. To find out if your laptop has one, select Start Settings > Bluetooth & devices  Touchpad.

Action

Gestures

Select an item

Tap touchpad

Scroll

Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally or vertically

Zoom in or out

Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out

Show more commands (like right-clicking)

Tap the touchpad with two fingers or press down in the lower-right corner

Show all open windows

Swipe with three fingers up on the touchpad 

Show the desktop

Swipe with three fingers down on the touchpad 

Switch between open apps or windows 

Swipe with three fingers left or right on the touchpad

Switch desktops

Swipe with four fingers to the left or right on the touchpad

Try out these gestures on the touchpad of your Windows 10 laptop. 

  • Select an item: Tap on the touchpad.

  • Scroll: Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally or vertically.

  • Zoom in or out: Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out.

  • Show more commands (similar to right-clicking): Tap the touchpad with two fingers, or press in the lower-right corner.

  • See all open windows: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them away from you.

  • Show the desktop: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them towards yourself.

  • Switch between open windows: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe right or left.

  • Open Cortana: Tap three fingers on the touchpad.

  • Open action center: Tap four fingers on the touchpad.

  • Switch virtual desktops: Place four fingers on the touchpad and swipe right or left.

  • Some of these gestures will only work with precision touchpads. To find out if your laptop has one, select Start  > Settings  > Devices Touchpad.

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