Additional Touch Gestures Needed on the Surface Pro

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    To make the Surface Pro a viable tablet, we are missing some important gestures. We need the equivalent of:

    1. Click/Shift-click to select multiple adjacent items
    2. Ctrl-a to select all
    3. F5, refresh the current app/window

    What other gestures do you think are missing or would be necessary if you are using the system without the keyboard?
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    Ther is an option to enable full touch keyboard in the settings, but I agree with all if these. ctrl+alt+del would be nice
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    2 & 3 work just fine on my RT.
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    Umm.. can you tell us what the gestures are then on the RT?
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    Well you can bring up the keyboard for Ctrl + A to select all (as well as cut, copy, paste, etc.) or use the select all icon in the explorer ribbon or in list view check the box at the top of the list. To select multiple adjacent items you can touch a blank area and drag your finger to select multiple items just like with a mouse.

    The only thing I am not sure how to do is select multiple non-adjacent items (Ctrl + click).
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    I wanted to avoid bringing up the keyboard. The select-all is not available in most apps. Ctrl-click type functionality is available in many apps as a finger flick to the right. What you are talking about is just in the desktop area. We need UNIVERSAL gestures.
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    I suspect that is going to be up to the app developer to implement.
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    Universal gestures such as pinch to zoom are not dependent on the app and are available to all programs that choose to use that functionality. That is what is needed for the 3 that I mentioned as most programs could benefit from them.
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    The three listed commands seem to be specific to Desktop. Apps have their own ways to accomplish these unless you know those actions aren't available to app developers. For example you can select multiple files in apps like in SkyDrive or Pictures where you can tickle to select individual or swipe up from the bottom to select all.

    If you aren't referring to desktop I am not sure what you need since these actions also seem to be available to app developers to implement (tickle or swipe up to access the actions). There doesn't need to be some additional system wide specific gestures just for these items.
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    Select all

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    There is a Select all from the Desktop, select multiple items, all using touch. Same thing with Modern UI, i.e., Select all, select multiple.
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    I think you are all missing the point... In the metro email app, I have 50 items in my inbox. I want to select all of them and delete, how do I do that? Second, I want to select items 4 - 20 and delete those, how do I do it without bringing up the on-screen keyboard and with no keyboard attached?

    Wouldn't it be nice if I could just draw a clockwise circle in the listed emails to select all? What about tap and hold the first item, then with a second figure tap the last item to select a contiguous list? How about a three finger swipe down to refresh in any app?

    How about a diagonal swipe northwest to cut, diagonal swipe northeast to copy, diagonal swipe southeast to paste and southwest to undo.
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    Not gonna happen. The GestureRecognizer class doesn't support any of them. Perhaps a different implementation, but not as you suggested.
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    Again, what you are asking for can be implemented by the app developer. It really is that simple and the way every other app device (iOS and Android) works. It would be nice to have a select all in the mail app but MS left that out. Perhaps another developer will make a better mail app.

    In fact leaving these things up to the developers has pushed UI further than the OS design alone. We have app designers to thank for the pull to refresh and slide left or right to reveal an additional panel design features we now see commonly implemented in apps across all platforms.

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