With Windows 8, Microsoft first introduced a bunch of new trackpad gestures to quickly access the Charms bar, switch between open windows and quickly access other features. Before Windows 8, Windows users had to install half-baked third-party tools in order to get trackpad gestures.
On supported machines, Windows 8 offers trackpad gestures to zoom, pan and scroll, access charms bar, switch between open windows, and rotate. Though, not all users liked these gestures and many even disabled Windows 8 trackpad gestures, some users love to use trackpad gestures for better productivity.
In a recent event, Microsoft revealed that more trackpad gestures will be available in its upcoming Windows 10 operating system. The currently available Windows 10 build 9860 build doesn’t offer these newly added gestures or at least these gestures aren’t activated in this build.
If you have already installed Windows 10 build 9860, you need to wait for the next official build to experience these new trackpad gestures.
New trackpad gestures in Windows 10
Three finger swipe down on the trackpad will minimize all active windows to allow you see the desktop. Likewise, three finger swipe up on the trackpad will restore all minimized windows. Repeating these gestures will bring up the Task View feature. That said, some of these gestures are exclusive to laptops equipped with precision touchpads.
Without a doubt, these trackpad gestures make the trackpad more useful and efficient but Microsoft should also offer an easy option to turn off individual or all gestures as there are many users, like me, who prefer keyboard shortcuts over trackpad gestures.
It’s worth noting that you might need to install latest trackpad drivers in order to get these new trackpad gestures available in Windows 10.
Between, you can turn on or off Windows 10 trackpad gestures with ease.