Windows Phone 7 Touch Gestures Explained

Windows Phone 7 can support multiple methods of input like Touch, On-screen keyboard, Hardware keyboard, Microphone, Phone hardware buttons and Sensors.

Touch input is a core experience of Windows Phone 7 and has inherent differences from traditional keyboard and mouse input systems. Designed for natural and intuitive user interaction, touch input in Windows Phone 7 enables users to interact with application content such as a photo or a web page. Touch input enables simple and consistent user touch gestures that imitate real life behavior, such as panning on a photo to move it.

Single-touch gestures make interaction easier with one hand, but multi-touch gestures are also available to provide more advanced gestures. functionality.

The following single and multi-touch gestures are supported in Windows Phone 7:


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  • Tap
  • Double Tap
  • Pan
  • Flick
  • Touch and Hold


  • Pinch and Stretch

Here is a chart sourced from Windows Phone Help, which illustrates the WP7 touch gestures.

If you need more information about Windows Phone UI, do check out the Windows Phone 7 UI Design and Interaction Guide v 2.0.

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