To the surprise of many, Windows has remained dominant as personal computers shift more and more to tablets and touch screen interfaces. And to the consternation of Microsoft, Google’s Chrome browser remains the dominant software on desktops (including laptops and Windows-powered tablets), despite some touch screen tools that are a bit lacking versus Chrome on Android phones and tablets.
If you’d like your desktop Chrome browser to behave a little better on the Surface or similar devices, here are a few tips.
This might seem obvious, but there are a lot of users who leave Windows 10’s “desktop mode” enabled all the time. And why not? Windows’ user interface has evolved to a point where you can control a tablet with a Surface Pen just as well as a mouse.
Actually, there’s a really good reason why: some third-party applications like Chrome work subtly differently when Windows operates in Tablet Mode. Specifically, it will automatically detect when you select any text field (like the URL bar or a text entry box in a forum) and bring up the active keyboard, just like Microsoft’s Edge does. It should also collapse the keyboard when you tap somewhere outside the text box. That’s a trick that doesn’t work in Desktop Mode, necessitating workarounds like a manual keyboard button on the taskbar.
To enter Tablet Mode, open the Action Center by swiping in from the right side of the screen. Tap the “Tablet Mode” setting on the lower-right portion of the screen (you may need to tap “Expand” to see it first). You should see the taskbar collapse down to only the Windows button, Back button, and Cortana button (circle) on the left side.
Unless you have amazing penmanship, the Surface Pen and similar stylus designs probably aren’t precise enough to accurately enter web addresses, email addresses, and other esoteric text necessary for surfing the Internet. So if you’re using a pen input, you’ll want to switch back to a mobile-style virtual keyboard.Read More...
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