Touch screen

On BlackBerry® devices with a SurePress™ touch screen, users use a finger to interact with the applications on the device. Users type text and navigate screens by performing various actions on the touch screen.

Users can also perform actions by clicking icons on the shortcut bar or by pressing the Menu key.

On BlackBerry devices with a touch screen, users can perform the following actions:



touch the screen lightly

This action highlights an item.

In a text field, if users touch the screen near the cursor, an outlined box displays around the cursor. This box helps users reposition the cursor more easily.

tap the screen

In applications that support a full-screen view, such as BlackBerry® Maps and the BlackBerry® Browser, this action hides and shows the shortcut bar.

tap the screen twice

On a web page, map, picture, or presentation attachment, this action zooms in to the web page, map, picture, or presentation attachment.

hold a finger on an item

On the shortcut bar, this action displays a tooltip that describes the action that the icon represents.

In a message list, if users hold a finger on the sender or subject of a message, the BlackBerry device searches for the sender or subject.

touch and drag an item on the screen

This action moves the content on the screen in the corresponding direction. For example, when users touch and drag a menu item, the list of menu items moves in the same direction.

In a text field, this action moves the outlined box and the cursor in the same direction.

touch the screen in two locations at the same time

This action highlights the text or the list of items, such as messages, between the two locations. To add or remove highlighted text or items, users can touch the screen at another location.

click (press) the screen

This action initiates an action. For example, when users click an item in a list, the screen that is associated with the item appears. This action is equivalent to clicking the trackwheel, trackball or trackpad.

On a map, picture, or presentation attachment, this action zooms in to the map, picture, or presentation attachment. On a web page, this action zooms in to the web page or follows a link.

In a text field, this action positions the cursor. If the field contains text, an outlined box appears around the cursor.

slide a finger up or down quickly on the screen

Quickly sliding a finger up displays the next screen. Quickly sliding a finger down displays the previous screen.

When the keyboard appears, quickly sliding a finger down hides the keyboard and displays the shortcut bar.

slide a finger to the left or right quickly on the screen

This action displays the next or previous picture or message, or the next or previous day, week, or month in a calendar.

slide a finger up or down on the screen

In the camera, sliding a finger up zooms in to a subject. Sliding a finger down zooms out from a subject.

slide a finger in any direction

This action pans a map or web page. If users zoom in to a picture, this action also pans a picture.

press the Escape key

This action removes the highlight from text or a list of items.

On a web page, map, or picture, this action zooms out one level. Users can press the Escape key twice to zoom back to the original view.

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