How to Use a Toshiba Touch Screen

by Joshua Duvauchelle

Toshiba is a computer manufacturer that specializes in home desktop PCs. It was also one of the earliest adopters of touch screen computer technology. Touch screens allow the user to interact with the computer interface by directly manipulating and pressing on the computer screen, as opposed to using a keyboard and mouse or track pad. The Toshiba Portégé was one of its earliest models and continues to be one of the most popular, widely used Toshiba touch screens. Learn to use a Toshiba touch screen computer and maximize its capabilities to make the most out of the computer's advanced technology.

Unplug the Toshiba touch screen tablet computer from its charging cable. The Toshiba touch screen computer can be used as both a traditional laptop or as a tablet computer with a touch screen. The touch screen should be fully charged before used in tablet mode. Also, remove all peripheral devices and cables (e.g., unplug the computer from your printer and speakers).

Open the laptop and flick the power button lock up. Then, push the power button to the right of the computer display to turn on the touch screen's power.

Familiarize yourself with the touch screen pen. The Toshiba touch screen comes with a special pen that allows you to push and manipulate the touch screen without having to use your fingers. This helps to keep the screen clean and free of fingerprints. On the top of the pen is the eraser button. When pressed against the touch screen, the eraser button can delete both text and pictures. The front end of the pen is the pen point. When pressed against the Toshiba touch screen, the computer responds as if you clicked on that object. The pen button, on the side of the pen midway between the eraser and point, acts as a pseudo right-click button.

Slide the Toshiba touch screen tablet's pen out of its internal casing, located on the left-hand edge of the computer casing near the USB ports.

Enable touch screen mode by converting the Toshiba computer from laptop form into tablet form. Firmly grasp the top of the laptop screen and swing it clockwise so that it is facing away from you. Then, pull the screen downward and toward you so that it covers the keyboard with the display facing up. The back of the screen will lock with the keyboard and the computer will automatically sense the switch and enable the touchscreen software system.

Rotate the Toshiba touchscreen's screen orientation to best fit what you are viewing. For example, a movie may be best viewed in landscape mode (screen oriented from left-to-right with the longest side on the bottom). Pictures and documents may be best viewed in portrait mode (top-to-bottom, with the shortest end on the bottom). To change the screen orientation, tilt the touch screen. It will automatically sense your direction and re-orient the screen so that the image displayed is always correctly oriented. Alternatively, press and hold the "Cross Function" button on the touchscreen's front casing and wait for the "Table Menu" to display on the computer screen. Click "Internal Display" and select the rotation angle that you wish to use. Press the "Cross Function" button again to save the screen orientation and close the menu.

Use the Toshiba touchscreen's pen to interact with the computer. A single, light tap on the screen with the pen point acts as a click. Tapping the screen twice acts as a double-click. To right-click, press the pen point against the screen and don't remove it until the right-click pop-up menu appears. To drag and drop a file or image, press the icon on the screen with the pen point and move the point without removing it from the screen.

Tip

  • check Use the Toshiba touchscreen's built-in accelerometer sensor to automatically reorient the screen for the best viewing angle.

Warning

  • close Unplug all peripheral devices, and ensure the touch screen's display is firmly in place, before using the tablet.

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.