What are flicks?

If you have a Tablet PC or touchscreen, you can make gestures called flicks with your tablet pen or finger to quickly navigate and perform shortcuts. There are two types of flicks: navigational (which include drag up, drag down, move back, and move forward) and editing (which include copy, paste, undo, and delete). For example, you can drag up or down on a page, move back or forward in a browser window, or paste an item into a document—all with a flick of your pen or finger. To learn how to use flicks, see Practice using flicks.


  • You can't perform flicks with a mouse.

Navigate through browser windows and documents

Use your tablet pen or finger to quickly move through a browser, a document, or a playlist without using a scroll bar. For example, an upward flick moves a page down and a downward flick moves a page up. In a browser, a flick to the left moves forward to the next page and a flick to the right moves back to the previous page.

Illustration of default navigational flicks actions
Default navigational flicks actions

Perform common actions

Instead of tapping a menu item or a button on a toolbar to perform a common action (such as copy, paste, undo, or delete), you can do these things with a flick of your tablet pen.

Illustration of default navigational and editing flicks actions
Default navigational and editing flicks actions

Customize flicks

The actions that navigational and editing flicks perform are assigned by default, but you can customize the flicks to perform actions that you do often. For example, if you frequently use keyboard shortcuts, such as F5 or Ctrl+B, you can assign these shortcuts to one of the flicks directions. For more information, see Customize flicks.