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Finger-Flicking for Navigation and Shortcuts

20 Windows 7 Tips and Tricks for Tablets
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As well as scrolling and panning with your finger, you can ‘flick’ your finger (or the pen/stylus, if you get one with your tablet) across the screen to move up and down. That’s not particularly useful when you can finger scroll already. Flicking left and right takes you back and forward in the browser (or any app with back and forward buttons). This can be incredibly useful, but maybe it would feel more natural to flick to the right to move back? You can change what the flick gestures do – and turn on and customize four diagonal flicks that are initially set to copy, paste, delete and undo (but again you can customize them).

Add flicks for all eight gestures, and you can tweak how far and fast you need to flick your finger.Add flicks for all eight gestures, and you can tweak how far and fast you need to flick your finger.

You should see the Flicks icon in the Activity Center to the right of the taskbar, but if you don't then open the Pen and Touch control panel and choose the Flicks tab. Change the radio button to ‘Navigational flicks and Editing flicks’ and the four gestures for flicking diagonally will appear. Click the ‘Practice using flicks’ link to try out the gestures before you start adjusting how they’re recognized.

You don’t have to stick with the default commands for the eight gestures either; click Customize to pick what you want from the dropdown for each direction or add your own. You can’t launch an application unless it has a keyboard shortcut, so flicks are more useful for commands like Printing and Saving. To set a flick, choose Add from the list, name the flick and press the key combination to use. Make sure you click Save before you close the box, and then that action will be an option for any of the eight directions.

We can easily scroll up and down so here we’re setting the down flick to open the Windows menu (one of the standard flicks options along with commands like Save and Print) and the up flick to open the Snipping tool (much faster than getting out the virtuaWe can easily scroll up and down so here we’re setting the down flick to open the Windows menu (one of the standard flicks options along with commands like Save and Print) and the up flick to open the Snipping tool (much faster than getting out the virtua

Watch where you use flicks! If your finger goes over the Input Panel or Windows Journal, Windows will think you’re writing rather than gesturing.

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    mados123 , February 17, 2011 9:09 PM
    Excellent & thorough article. Now they just need to make Windows tablets that are competitively priced and preferably with an active digitizer!
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    back_by_demand , February 24, 2011 12:23 PM
    How about a full and comprehensive list of Windows 7 tablets that are available to BUY
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2011 8:31 PM
    FANTASTIC article, the best piece of IT journalism I've seen yet on the subject of Windows 7 tablets and touch! Well done!
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    Anonymous , February 25, 2011 4:16 PM
    I agree with most of what's said here. However, I think the pen flicks is a total dud. It works poorly and is prone to errors. I think Microsoft should either remove pen flicks from Windows 7 or give it a major overhaul. My strong advice to anyone is to just turn it off!
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2011 8:03 PM
    Excellent article! I've discovered most of these myself either through other sites or experimentation, but I've been a Windows tablet user for a couple of years now. Having all these great tips in one place is sure to help make it easier for everyone to optimize their tablet experience! Thank you!
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    damianrobertjones , February 26, 2011 8:36 PM
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/
    Lots of info.

    THANK YOU Toms for this article. It would be a cold day in hell before ENDGADGET posted something like this.
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    Anonymous , March 15, 2011 4:12 AM
    Great article. I found the origami experience pack quite handy, and actually I`m using all the features on my Ep121. The UI(origami now & origami central) is great albeit unfinished. Thanks.
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