Using the touch screen

Take a moment to check out all the things you can do with these simple gestures.

Video: Using the touch screen

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Scroll and move between items

Use this gesture to scroll through a list, pan a webpage, or move between pictures. You can also use this gesture to move between panels. For example, if you're looking at the BlackBerry Hub, you can slide your finger to the left to move to the panel that shows all of your running apps.
Slide your finger up and down or right and left.
Illustration of a directional arrow pointing upward from the bottom of the device. Illustration of a directional arrow moving to the left from the right side of the device.
After you finish:
Tip: To quickly scroll to the top or bottom of a page, use two fingers to swipe up or down.

Use a slider

If a slider appears on your screen, you can use the slider to progress through a file, such as a song or video, or scroll through multiple pages, such as the pages of an eBook.
On the slider, drag the slider handle.

Illustration of a slider bar with a directional arrow moving from the slider bar handle to the right along the bar.

Select items

Do any of the following:
  • To select an item, simply tap it. If the item can be opened it will open, if not it will be highlighted.
  • To highlight an item without opening it, touch and hold the item.
  • To highlight multiple items, such as pictures or songs that you want to share, touch and hold one item. Tap The select more iconand tap additonal items. To deselect an item, tap it again.
Illustration of a single finger tap selecting a single item.

Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen

If you want a closer view of a detail in an image, or if you're having trouble reading words that are too small, you can magnify the screen by zooming in. To see more of the screen, zoom out.
Slide your fingers apart to zoom in, or slide your fingers together to zoom out.
Illustration of two directional arrows moving apart from each other. Illustration of two directional arrows moving towards each other.

Move items from one place to another

  1. Touch and hold the item you want to move.
  2. When the item starts to pulsate, slide your finger to where you want the item to be.

Illustration of the device with a directional arrow moving diagonally across the screen. At the end of the arrow is a highlighted box, indicated an item that was moved.

Minimize apps and show your running apps

When you minimize an app it keeps running in the background. This is great for multitasking as you don't need to do things like save and close documents before you use the browser or restart your browser session after you check your email.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Illustration of the device with a directional arrow moving from below the device's screen to midway up the screen. There is a box at the end of the arrow, indicating an app that is minimizing.

After you finish:
Tip: When you're done using your app, you can close it by tapping The close icon on the bottom right corner of the app.

Show the menus

In many apps you can find additional features, options, and help by exploring the menus.
Do any of the following:
  • To see additional actions for an app, tap The more actions icon or The more tabs icon.
  • To see additional actions for a specific item within an app, touch and hold the item. To see the names of the menu items that appear on the right side of the screen, slide your finger over them.
  • To find the settings and help, swipe down from the top of the screen. If you do this from within an app, you'll see the settings for that particular app. If you do this from outside of an app, you'll see the device's settings.
 Illustration of a tap on the lower right side of the screen, over the overflow icon. Illustration of a directional arrow moving from above the screen to halfway down it.

Show the keyboard

Using two fingers, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Illustration of two directional arrows moving upward from the bottom of the screen. A keyboard is shown underneath the arrows.



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