Microsoft is Changing the Edge Gestures in Windows 10

Posted on March 19, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

Windows 8+ supported edge gestures that were triggered by the user swiping in from one of the four edges of a multi-touch screen. But with most of the underlying user interface completely changing in Windows 10, Microsoft has rethought these edge gestures. And they’re all completely different in this release.

As with Windows 8 and newer, edge gestures in Windows 10 still provide quick access to important system UI. It’s just that each edge gesture has changed.

Here’s how the edge gestures worked in Windows 8.x:

Left edge swipe. Display Switcher, the Modern task-switching user interface.

Right edge swipe. Display Charms.

Top edge swipe. Display the app bars associated with the currently-running app.

Bottom edge swipe. Display the app bars associated with the currently-running app.

And here’s how they’re changing in Windows 10.

Left edge swipe. Display Task View, the universal task-switching interface.


Right edge swipe. Display Action Center.


Top edge swipe. Display the hidden title bar of the currently-running app. Or, you can “long-swipe” to close the app.


Bottom edge swipe. Display the taskbar when the currently-running app is displayed full screen.


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