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.

  • 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)...


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.


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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