Reading with a touch screen

I’ve recently started using a Surface 3 and have noticed that touch doesn’t work very intuitively with Scrivener. It’s mainly that I want to use touch to scroll the screen, but it always highlights text instead. In other Windows apps, touching with a finger scrolls, and using a stylus highlights. Is this something that could be fixed in a future version?

An alternative might be a “read mode” like in the latest version of Word. I am currently editing my project, so having a view that is built with reading in mind would be useful, particularly when I’m using my Surface like a tablet.

Keep up the great work!


This problem has been brought up multiple times. I don’t think I’ve seen any response from the devs. I suspect they don’t develop on a touch-capable device, and haven’t seen this as a priority. I find it very frustrating that the program is inconsistent with touch interface standards in this way.

The Win version is supposed to be as similar as possible to the Mac version, and Macs don’t have touch sensitive displays. You use mouse or touch pad and there is no stylus. Only iPhones and iPads have that, but then they use a simplified iOS version of Scrivener.

So I’ve started trying to use a laptop to write and it’s an enormous exercise in frustration. Specifically, touch pads. It’s difficult navigating to the scroll bar, difficult selecting files, etc. I just want to reach out and touch something with my fingers the same way I can with basic notepad and notepad++.

On scrivener any attempt to use the touch screen to scroll instead selects text. It would be so awesome if I could turn that feature off and get it to scroll instead.

I realize there’s no news on this ever being changed or planned for addition, and the team already has a full plate.

So my question is instead - how do you manage this when working on a laptop? What kind of mouse would you recommend, e.g. if you’re presently needing to lie down in a bed but still want to write? Are there any tricks to increasing the size of the scroll bar?

EDIT: Turns out there were things on my end that weren’t set up correctly in HP Touch Sense or something similarly named. I’m able to scroll using the side of my touch pad, or by using two fingers on the touch pad. I can also scroll by using two fingers on the screen in Scrivener but that almost always selects text, so I’ll avoid that. Found one of those cheap screen pens you can use on phones and that works on the screen as well.