New in 22H2: Gestures

Posted on June 20, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 6 Comments

Microsoft is adding a new set of multitouch gestures to Windows 11 version 22H2, further improving the experience for tablet users. But I don’t believe there have been any changes to touchpad-based multitouch gestures in this release.

New multitouch gestures include:

Toggle Start. To open the Start menu, swipe up from the taskbar. You can swipe down on Start to dismiss it.

Display All Apps in Start. With the Start menu open, swipe to the left on the Pinned area to display All Apps. With All Apps in view, swipe to the left to return to the default Start menu view.

Display Recommended in Start. With the Start menu open, swipe to the left on the Recommended area to display the full Recommended list. With Recommended in view, swipe to the left to return to the default Start menu view.

Toggle Quick Settings. To open Quick Settings, swipe up from the bottom-right corner of the screen. To dismiss Quick Settings, swipe down on Quick Settings.

Tip: There’s also a common animation on Quick Settings and Notifications/Calendar (which appears, as before, when you swipe in from the right screen edge) where the interfaces follow your finger rather than just appear abruptly as before.

Switch to the previous app. swiping left or right with three fingers, which allows you to immediately switch to your most recently used app.

Snap Layouts. As noted in New in 22H2: Snap, a new Snap Layouts pane appears at the top of the screen when you move a window. This works with touch, allowing you to drag the window to the top of the screen, which displays the available layouts so you can choose one.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “New in 22H2: Gestures”

  1. winner

    It's Windows 8 feature time!

    • oscar1

      Yeah, it's pretty obvious by now that Microsoft never really dropped the idea of Windows being touch first.

      Which of course it's ridiculous given that 99% of the code or so in Windows is m&k centric.

      • SvenJ

        It's a far cry from touch first. They do build tablets that sell without a bundled keyboard, so it is nice they are at least acknowledging it. Making task bar icons 25% larger does not make a UI touch friendly.

  2. omen_20

    Really looking forward to these. I've found myself trying to swipe up for the Start menu on my Yoga 6. Just to used to that gesture from my Pixel. I also tried to swipe from the edge of the screen to go back in the browser.

    • benhaube

      You should already be able to swipe back in the browser now. You don't need to do it from the edge of the screen though.

  3. spiderman2

    And still swipe from left to right only shows widgets (instead of more useful opened apps), even if you uninstalled the widgets ... "productivity"