Microsoft Adds Three-Finger Gestures to Windows 10 Preview Build
A nice gesture? Members of Microsoft's Windows Insider early-access program can test some new interface tweaks and finger-friendly input options.Microsoft has added new gestures and revised the taskbar as part of a new Windows 10 preview build. After a teasing the updated software on Twitter, Gabriel Aul, Data and Fundamentals lead in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, announced that build 9879 was available for download in a Nov. 12 tweet. "Welcome inside our #Windows10 shiproom - Just pressed the button to launch 9879 to #WindowsInsiders Fast ring!," he posted, along with pictures of the scene at the company's offices. Windows 10 build 9879 is available to members of the Windows Insider early-access program that have opted for faster, more frequent updates. A slow option is available for testers who want "to wait a bit and let others find any gotchas so that the community gets caught up with known issues and workarounds," explained Aul in an earlier status update. The latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, which is slated to launch next year, delivers on features that were demonstrated at a recent TechEd conference, said Aul in a separate blog post. These include multi-monitor support for the Snap Assist window management capabilities and a handful of "3 finger gestures for precision touchpads."
According to Aul, users now have new, potentially time-saving shortcuts for navigating the Windows desktop. They include:
- 3 finger up -> Task View
- 3 finger down -> Show Desktop
- 3 finger flick to left or right -> switches to previous app (go back 1)
- 3 finger move left or right -> Alt-Tab (Task View) pops up and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select)
- 3 finger tap -> Search