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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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