Right mouse button for swipe

    General discussion

  • As I see it, two issues with the Metro mouse interface are:
    1. It is very different from the touch interface (particularly with regards to edge swiping)
    2. Mouse action at the left side and bottom left interferes with some full screen desktop apps
    I believe both these, IMHO undesirable, features could be eliminated if edge swiping with the mouse were performed with the right mouse button down:
    (a) Move mouse to relevant edge of screen

    (b) Press right mouse button
    (c) Move mouse away from edge
    (d) Release right mouse button
    Note in particular that the charms menu can now be the same as the one in the touch interface, and be accessed in the same manner.
    It also, dare I suggest, frees up the bottom left of the screen from charm menu duty, making it more natural to restore the Windows 7 Start menu.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:43 PM

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  • That sounds like mouse gestures. +1

    Mouse gestures could also be used (apart from showing edge menus) for navigating in Windows Explorer/IE/Start screen.

    For instance: Pressing right and move the mouse to the left or right acts like scrolling in the Start screen.

    Or: Pressing right and move the mouse left, let the IE go backwards in history. The same for Windows Explorer.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:11 PM