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These are the new gestures you have to master to tame Windows 10

Windows 10 New Gestures

Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 feel more like a Mac when it comes to certain features, including support for multiple desktops as well as gestures. The company revealed at the WinHEC event in China that its upcoming operating system update will support a variety of new gestures, which will certainly feel familiar to users who are also well-acquainted with Apple’s OS X environment.

Everyone else will have to get used to some new hand movements on the trackpad, which could be very helpful when it comes to handling Windows 10.

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As Windows Central reports, the company revealed a variety of gestures that can be performed with anywhere from one to four fingers. Windows 10 supports multitouch gestures, and some of the upcoming Windows 10 devices will likely feature more advanced precision touchpads to support Microsoft’s array of new gestures.

Some of the new gestures will also feel right at home with smartphone users – like “pinching” the screen with two fingers to zoom – while others are new for Windows. A 3-finger tap on the touchpad invokes Cortana, a slide show reveals, while a 4-finger tap will bring up the Action Center.

In addition to touchpads, touchscreen on Window 10 tablets will also support various gestures, including swipe movements from the edges of the display that will trigger various actions – for example swiping from the left will get you a grid of recently used apps, while a movement from the right brings up the notification center.

A couple of slides from Microsoft’s presentation on Windows 10 gestures follow below.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.