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Tips for using Windows 11 on your tablet

Windows 11 isn’t the first operating system Microsoft has tried to run on tablets, but it’s probably the best attempt yet. The program is quite comfortable on touch screens and tablets that lack a keyboard and mouse.

If you have a Windows 11 tablet or laptop that can turn into a one (2 in 1), you’ll see that the operating system can adjust some settings automatically when it notices that there are no input accessories attached and you’re just using touch to navigate the system—on For example, the icons on the taskbar become a little larger and spaced out a bit.

But there are also options you can adjust manually to make sure your Windows 11 tablet experience is the best it can be — from increasing the text size on the screen to bringing up the built-in Windows 11 software keyboard.

1. Know your gestures

Windows 11 supports a number of useful gestures that you can use with tablets (and laptops with touch screens) to get around your apps more easily. For example, swipe down with three fingers to hide all application windows and see the desktop; Swipe up with three fingers to bring the program windows back.

You can also swipe left or right with three fingers to switch to the app you were using before the app you’re currently searching for, then repeat the gesture to go back to the first app. In other words, swipe left or right with three fingers on the screen to keep switching between the two most recently used programs.

If you are using virtual desktops to organize windows (press Win + Tab to manage and create them), you can use gestures to move between them. Tap and hold the screen with four fingers and your current desktop should shrink in size. While holding all four fingers pressed, you can swipe left or right to move between desktops.

2. Expand the interface

Having larger menus, buttons, and other screen elements can make it easier to work in Windows 11 on a tablet. To set the size of interface objects, open Settingsthen choose SystemAnd an offerAnd Scale. You can choose from the available options or enter a custom scale level between 100 and 500 percent. The higher you go, the larger everything on the screen will be.

3. Turn on the rotation lock

One of the ways Windows 11 tries to help you while using your tablet is to reset the screen orientation as you move the device — from portrait to landscape and back again as you rotate the tablet.

Most of the time, you’ll want this to happen, but there may also be times when you’ll want the rotation to remain constant instead. From Settings, choose an offer and run Rotation lock. You can also specify the direction via display direction.

4. Hide the taskbar automatically

If you’re using Windows 11 on a tablet, you’ll want to make sure there’s as much screen space as possible for your programs — and what’s more, you won’t want to launch apps or settings panes by touching the wrong part of the display.

One way to fix these two problems is to make the taskbar hide itself automatically. You can always return it if you need to. Opens Settingsthen choose PersonalizationAnd TaskbarAnd Taskbar behaviorswhere you will need to check the given box Hide the taskbar automatically.

5. Open the virtual keyboard or trackpad

Make sure the on-screen keyboard is just a tap away. David Nield

When you’re using Windows 11 in tablet mode, without a keyboard attached, the on-screen keyboard will automatically appear whenever you have some typing to do (like when you need to enter a password).

You can also bring up the keyboard any time you want by clicking the keyboard icon on the far right side of the taskbar. To make sure it’s always visible, go to Settings and choose Personalizationfollowed by Taskbar And Taskbar Corner Icons.

At this point, you will also get a chance to enable the shortcut buttons for each of the file Touch keyboard (to write) and a virtual touchpad (To emulate clicks and touchpad movements). If you choose to put it in its correct place, it will appear on the taskbar. Click on it to bring up the keyboard and touchpad on the screen whenever needed..

6. Use snap layouts with your windows

Windows 11 allows you to place program windows to the side of your screen, which is a trick that can come in handy in keeping everything well-organized on your screen. To capture an app window, press and hold its title bar, then drag it to the left or right edge of the screen as needed.

7. Buy a pen

Navigating the screen with your finger is fine, but investing in a stylus for your Windows 11 tablet can take your input game to a whole new level. From digital drawing and handwriting to menu selection, it makes everything simpler.

This partly has to do with the way Windows 11 handles pen inputs. If you point a connected stylus toward the buttons in the menu, for example, a floating cross will appear on the part of the screen you’re targeting, making it easier to identify what’s on the screen. Speaking of selection, highlighting large blocks of text or large groups of files are other tasks that are easy to do simply with a pen.

We can’t put together a complete pen buying guide here, but a quick web search should reveal some solid candidates for the job. When your new gadget arrives, you can add and manage your stylus devices from Settings by choosing Bluetooth and devices and then Hardware.

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