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Access desktop with touch screen

  1. #11


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    OK, I still know nothing about the computer or screen
    Could you give us the full model of the computer and screen? Do you mean all in one computer as in the screen is permanently attached to the pc? Its one unit?

    Generally touchscreens have settings associated with them. Disabling swiping is more than possibly an option.

    You can also disable touch gestures and the touch screen entirely, if you really want to. If you have a Windows 8 device that supports touch, disabling the touch screen is actually a fairly bad idea — you’re giving up a feature that allows you to interact with Windows 8 much more easily. As Microsoft says, Windows 8 is a “touch-first” operating system. Nevertheless, you may want to disable the touch screen for certain rare reasons — perhaps the touch screen is faulty, creating “ghost” presses that send input to the computer when you’re not touching it. If your device is out of warranty and the touch screen is causing problems, disabling it completely will fix the problem.
    You can disable the touch screen from the Control Panel. Open the Windows Control Panel and click the Hardware and Sound option. Select Pen and Touch, click the Touch tab, and uncheck the Use your finger as an input device checkbox. Click OK to save your settings.


    You can also open the Device Manager, locate the touch-screen device in the list of connected devices, and disable it from here. This will prevent Windows from using the device at all until you re-enable it, so the device won’t be able to send Windows any input signals. We don’t recommend doing this, but you can if you want.
    Do you find the touchpad and mouse gestures useful on Windows 8, or do they just get in the way? Leave a comment and let us know whether you’ve disabled Windows 8 gestures or whether you use them frequently.
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    Personally, if all this computer is going to be used for is this one application, I wouldn't bother installing Windows 8. I am surprised that the software designers haven't included documentation to make you aware of what is required and what is possible. Anyway, I can't suggest anything else as all I know is what you have told us which isn't much. I'll check back later.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 9
    windows 8

    Accessing desktop with touch screen monitor and no keyboar


    hello

    I have an application that will run on a touch screen monitor. The touch screen will be placed in a public area for use by anyone.

    the application that will be running, will tak up the entire screen and there is no minimize, maximize or close button. My question is..can a user access the desktop somehow without a keyboard? I was informed that by swiping at the top right of the screen they will be able to access the desktop. Is this correct?

    As you can understand due to confidentiality issues etc. i need to ensure that noone has the ability to access the desktop.

    Regards,
    Elena
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  3. #13


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Elena, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If your running Windows 8.1, you could use Assigned Access to lock down a user account to only run that app.

    Assigned Access - Setup for Account in Windows 8.1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Hi Shawn,

    Thank you for your reply. I had a quick glance at the link you sent above. So if i use assigned access will this ensure the user cannot access anything else on the desktop? I will have an excel spreadsheet with client data and also the configuration settings for the applciation that will be running on that computer.

    Are there any known issues if i upgrade from windows 8 to 8.1?

    Elena
    Last edited by elenach187; 23 Apr 2014 at 03:45.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    8.1 adds a drop down title bar to Metro Apps with a minimize "-" button and a close "X" button. That may put another wrinkle into your lock down plans. There is also a taskbar at the bottom of metro apps but that can be turned off.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Elena,

    Assign Access is a renamed Kiosk Mode. The user account you set for this will only run the app you assign when they sign in, and will not be able to do anything else.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    If i disable the charm bar and the hot corners will the user be able to access the desktop in any other way? Are the disabling features available in Windows 8 and 8.1?

    There will be no mouse or keyboard attached - only the touch screen
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  8. #18


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, the user could always press the + D keys to go to the desktop, or just go to the Start screen and tap on the Desktop tile.

    Did you give what I posted above about Assigned Access a try to see if that may work for you? That should work for what you wanted.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    I was hoping to avoid using Assigned access because even with that, the user can minimize the application.

    The application can run on both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The problem is that it is hard to come across windows 7 on touch screens. I will be using HP PC All in one envy recline.

    The user will not have access to a keyboard or a mouse, so they cannot press + D.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Even if they were able to minimized the app in Assigned Access in Windows 8, they would not be able to do anything else.

    If you like, give it a play to test it and see how it may work for you.
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