What you need to know
- Stardock released a new utility for Windows PCs called TouchTasks.
- The application assigns tappable tasks to zones on the edge of your touchscreen.
- TouchTasks is available as a standalone tool for $5 (opens in new tab), though its regular price will bump to $10 after the introductory period.
Stardock is no stranger to creating useful tools for Windows 10, and its latest, TouchTasks, continues that trend with a unique take on how to add some extra features to your touchscreen.
TouchTasks takes advantage of the fact that the screens touch area doesn't end at the edges of the display area. TouchTasks allows you to use this quirk to assign tasks to five zones around the edge of the display.
"By default, TouchTasks assigns the left middle edge of the touch screen to bring up a dock for launching apps," Stardock said in a press release. "The right middle edge is assigned to displaying active windows to switch between. The top right is assigned to bring up the brightness control and the top left brings up the on-screen keyboard."
Each of these zones can be assigned a number of different tasks besides the defaults. You can even set one up as a launcher panel, with a selection of apps appearing when you touch the zone. For tablet use, the zones will also rotate with the display, allowing them to remain in a familiar position whether you're using, say, a Surface Pro 7 in portrait or landscape.
TouchTasks is available now at a launch discount for $5 at Stardock (opens in new tab). After the introductory period, Stardock says the tool will be available for $10.
Very slick app. Just got a Surface Go a few weeks ago and love it. This addition makes things quite a bit handier when in tablet mode. I like it quite a bit. Thanks for the "Heads Up" Windows Central!
Brilliant. Instead of realizing the Windows 8 backlash was mainly about a small-screen touch UI on large screen, non touch devices, Microsoft overreacted and crippled tablet mode. This add-on can help make up for that. I'm looking at the Surface Go with new interest!
I tried it and... it needs work. It would have been better if these were swipe targets, not touch (tap) targets. Correctly activating them is hit or miss. Though the setup is more complicated, TouchMe Gesture or GestureSign are a lot not useful and powerful. Also: "TouchTasks takes advantage of the fact that the screens touch area doesn't end at the edges of the display area." Says who? My SP5's touch sensitivity sure seems to end at the screen edge. And this is my third Surface.
Also, why isn't this in the Microsoft Store?
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