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Windows 8 Without Touchscreen?

Robert from Bossier City, LA writes:

I know, eventually, I will need to replace my Windows XP computer. I am wondering if I can use Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard not using the touchscreen at all. I haven’t seen any information on this and since no computer company is really getting into how Windows 8 works, I am curious if there is a way to use Windows 8 without having to touch the screen? Thank you.


The good news is that you do not need a touchscreen to operate Windows 8. While many of the features of Windows 8 are more intuitive with a touchscreen display, you can still navigate with a mouse and keyboard. Below is a list of the gesture motions for Windows 8 and the corresponding mouse and keyboard actions.

Start Menu

Charms Bar

Zoom In/Out

Options Menu

App Switcher

Close Apps


P.S. If you want to add a touchscreen to your computer to get the full Windows 8 experience make sure it’s listed as a capacitive multi-touch display. Resistive touch screens that do not support multiple finger inputs are not going to give you the ideal experience.