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The newest Windows 10 feature proves little touches can go a long way

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview built features a virtual touchpad, designed to control a secondary display from a touchscreen tablet.

The new feature will make it easier for users to control the cursor on additional non-touch devices without the need for a mouse.

The touchpad sits in the bottom right of the touchscreen and naturally features virtual left and right mouse buttons.

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You can now drive content on a second display from your tablet without ever having to attach a mouse,” Microsoft writes on a blog post.

“The virtual touchpad lets you do more with a tablet and a second screen – just connect to another monitor, PC, or TV, go to Action Center and tap on the “Project” Quick Action to extend your screen. Use it just like you would a physical touchpad to control content on the connected screen.

“To enable it, press and hold on the taskbar and select “Show touchpad button”. A touchpad icon will now appear in the notification area (just like Windows Ink Workspace does), and tapping on it will bring it up the virtual touchpad.”

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14965 has been pushed out to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring from today.

It also features a new Sticky Notes app with more languages and a fresh UI. Microsoft also said the performance of the Sketchpad app has been improved to ensure faster loading when there’s lots of ink on the screen.

Elsewhere, Microsoft has increased the number of Recently Used apps in the Windows Ink Workspace to 6.

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