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Tablet pen navigation in browsers and other programs

Discussion in 'Tablet PC' started by Tom Hogans, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Tom Hogans

    Tom Hogans Guest

    Is there functionality for this in WinXP Tablet Edition? I remember
    something that was available in Vista, though I never really got into using
    it and I don't recall whether it was as capable as I'm thinking it was.

    Basically, I would like some way to use the pen to navigate web pages.
    Right now I'm stuck spending 5-10 seconds trying to line my pen up to the
    tiny scrollbar (which is on the right side of the screen -- and I'm a lefty)
    and move it to the right place. If there are some system-wide gestures for
    Page Up/Down or simply Up/Down arrows, I think that would make my life
    infinitely easier. Or perhaps a third party application that allows
    something of a "pan mode"? I don't use Internet Explorer so I'm thinking
    that panning option might be a little bit of a stretch, but I would think the
    gestures feature has already been implemented in some form somewhere. Anyone
    know anything about this?
    Tom Hogans, Sep 18, 2008
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  2. Specific to scrolling, does your tablet have a fingerprint scanner?
    (exactly what make/model/os is it)

    If it has a fingerprint scanner, you can use that as a scroll control

    As for problems with small scroll bar, especially since you are left
    handed, spend some time calibrating while holding the tablet as you will
    use it most... there is a significant angular difference between the
    stylus point and screen image which needs to be set before it will be

    Using the scroll bars with the stylus should not be that difficult
    unless you have a super high resolution or very small screen... I ask
    the browser as there is a slim chance that setting scroll bar width
    might be possible... I know it's possible in windows mobile, so, guess
    that it might be in windows or the specific apps.

    Beverly Howard [MS MVP-Mobile Devices]
    Beverly Howard [Ms-MVP/MobileDev], Sep 18, 2008
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  3. Tom Hogans

    Invalid Guest

    If you use Firefox try the "Grab and Drag" add on


    "Enables Adobe Acrobat-style grab and drag scrolling, Flick gestures,
    and Momentum scrolling in Firefox, Thunderbird, and Flock. The extension
    is easily toggled on and off for text selection and has a variety of
    customization options suitable for both mouse- and pen-based
    Invalid, Sep 18, 2008
  4. Tom Hogans

    Rom Guest

    Opera has Pan <http://www.opera.com/docs/changelogs/windows/950/>:

    "Added "Drag to scroll" (disabled by default) which allows scrolling
    by "grabbing" the page, much like on mobile phones with touch screens.

    * This functionality is also available if you press and hold Ctrl+Alt
    and drag the page."

    There's a Pan toggle toolbar button for Opera available here:
    Rom, Sep 19, 2008
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