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How Do You Use The Touch Screen?
Jan 24, 2019

Tap - A single touch or tap on the screen with a finger opens an app or select an object. When compared to a traditional computer, a tap is the same as clicking with a mouse.

Double-tap - A double-tap can have different functions depending on where it is utilized. For example, in a browser, double-tapping the screen zooms the view, centered at the tap location. Double-tapping in a text editor can be used to select a word or section of words.

Touch and hold - Pressing and holding your finger to a touch screen selects or highlightan object. For example, you could touch and hold an icon, and then drag it somewhere else on the screen. See our long press page for further information on this term.

Drag - If you press and hold your finger on an object (such as an app shortcut) on the screen, you can move your finger to "pull" the object to a different location. The same action, used with text, allows you to highlight text. Lift your finger when you are done moving or highlighting.

Swipe - Swiping your finger across the screen can be used to scroll in a certain direction or change pages. For example, pressing your finger at the bottom of the screen and quickly moving it up (swiping) scrolls the screen down. See our swipe page for further information and related links.

Pinch - Placing two fingers on the screen in different spots and then pinching them together zooms out. Pinching your fingers together and then moving them away from each other, zooms in on the screen. See our pinch-to-zoom page for further information on this term.

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