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Windows 7 had an old implimentation of Pinch to Zoom where bringing your fingers apart/together would act similar to ctrl + +/-, the standard zoom. It's not as nice as granular zoom (like iOS/Android use) but it worked. Most notably it doesn't work in Chrome (did before) but I haven't noticed it working in any other apps. In windows 8 desktop mode, pinch to zoom doesn't seem to work at all. It doesn't even work in One Note 2010, which, if I recall correctly, had granular zoom in Windows 7.

I have an (older) 2 touch point multi-touch monitor, and I can see the visual feedback that the two touch points and coming closer/farther apart, but it doesn't zoom. Note I'm using the touchscreen, not a touchpad or the Arch mouse or other peripherals.

Can I enable this somehow or is it gone from Desktop mode? It works fine in Metro apps. Additionally I get weird visual feedback when placing my second finger on the screen; a shrinking transparent square appears somewhere between the two fingers, visually similar to the Right Click visual queue when long-pressing. It's not a right click though, I can't tell what, if anything, it's doing.

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Which computer manufacturer are you using? Is this PC hardware or Mac hardware? – mcandre Nov 4 '12 at 5:00
Are you using a touchscreen or trackpad? Win8 doesn't have any Synaptics drivers installed, you have to install (the Win7 ones) themselves. (There are no Win8 trackpad drivers yet.) – ACarter Nov 4 '12 at 20:01
@mcandre It's a Lenovo X200 tablet, so PC hardware (Mac has never made multitouch screens for OSX anyway) – Ben Brocka Nov 4 '12 at 20:19
@ACarter it's a multitouch screen, not a trackpad – Ben Brocka Nov 4 '12 at 20:20
@Ben Ok, I can't be any help then :( – ACarter Nov 4 '12 at 20:57

Just go to your settings ui. Then do a search for "tablet mode" that should give u pinch to zoom back on in windows 8.1 and 8 (and 10)...

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If you can manage to get Aero by some tweaks that are available online you may get Pinch to Zoom back. Haven't tried myself though.

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This post claims that you can install the Wacom Bamboo drivers to get Win 8 touchscreen features to function. Without an X200 or a Win 8, I can't test it out but hopefully it's true.

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