BlackBerry Screen Reader gestures

The BlackBerry Screen Reader uses a combination of gestures that are used in other apps on your BlackBerry device and gestures that are specific to the BlackBerry Screen Reader. Gestures that start at the edges of the screen (such as swiping down from the top to access Settings or swiping up from the bottom to minimize an app) are the same in the Screen Reader app as they are in all other apps. However, there are additional gestures that help you navigate when the BlackBerry Screen Reader is turned on.

Task Gesture
Set and speak the point of regard
Note: A point of regard can be a field, button, selection area, link, application, paragraph, sentence, word, title, image, or any other display feature.
Tap with one finger.
Access Discovery mode
Note: Discovery mode enables you to interact with points of regard, such as letters, words, buttons, links, menu items, and pictures. These points of regard are highlighted on the display.
Tap and hold with one finger, then move your finger. The point of regard is set to the object under your finger.
Read description of the point of regard Tap with two fingers.
Activate a point of regard
Note: When you activate a point of regard, you are indicating that you want to interact with that part of the display.
Double-tap with one finger.
Select an item Triple-tap with one finger.
Press and hold Double-tap and hold.
Navigate to the previous or next point of regard Swipe left with one finger to go to the next point; swipe right with one finger to go to the previous point.
Pan or scroll a list Swipe up with two fingers to scroll toward the top; swipe down with two fingers to scroll toward the bottom. This action sets a new point of regard.
Go to the top or bottom of a display area Swipe up with two fingers and hold to go to the top; swipe down and hold with two fingers to scroll to the bottom. This action sets a new point of regard.
Change slider value Swipe up with one finger to increase the slider value; swipe down with one finger to decrease the slider value.
Move to the previous or next section of text (such as a character, word, line, sentence, or paragraph) or web content (such as headings and links). Swipe left with one finger to go to the previous text or content; swipe right with one finger to go to the next text or content.
Change size of text, such as character, word, line, sentence, and paragraph, or web content such as headings and links. Swipe up with one finger while in the content to increase the size; swipe down with one finger while in the content to decrease the size.
Move left, right, up, or down Swipe left, right, up, or down with three fingers.
Stop the BlackBerry Screen Reader from reading that point of focus Swipe down and then to the left with one finger.
Perform the default action of the application (such as take a picture with the Camera app, or start and stop a video in the Video app) Double-tap with two fingers.
Mute the BlackBerry Screen Reader Swipe down and to the left with two fingers.
Read the time and date
Note: The status bar containing the time and date information is very close to the top edge of the display. As a result, when you interact with the status bar, it may cause the settings menu to appear.
Quickly swipe down and then slide up with one finger.
Read the status bar information (including battery and radio connectivity)
Note: The status bar is very close to the top edge of the display. As a result, when you interact with the status bar, it may cause the settings menu to appear.
Quickly swipe up and then slide down with one finger.

Gestures for the Quick Tasks mode

With the Quick Tasks mode, you can change frequently changed settings and access additional BlackBerry Screen Reader features. When you enter Quick Tasks mode, you have 3 seconds to complete a task. If you don't complete a task, the device automatically exits the mode and vibrates briefly to notify you. When you enter Quick Tasks mode, a vertical list of tasks appears. You can use the following gestures to interact with the list:

Task Gesture
Access Quick Tasks mode Swipe down and to the right with one finger
Select an item Tap with one finger. After the selection is made, the device exits Quick Settings mode.
Switch on or switch off an item Tap with one finger to turn on or turn off the switch. After 3 seconds, the device automatically exits Quick Tasks mode.
Select an item from a list Tap with one finger to move between the choices. Each tap moves you to the next choice. When you get to the last item in the list, the next tap returns to the top of the list. After 3 seconds, the device automatically exits Quick Tasks mode.
Select an item from a list using Discovery mode Tap and hold with one finger. Drag the finger up or down the list, then tap with a second finger to select a list item. The device does not automatically exit Quick Tasks mode.
Change speech volume Swipe up with one finger to increase the volume. Swipe down with one finger to decrease the volume.
Change speech verbosity Tap with one finger to change the verbosity level. Levels to choose from are either High or Low.
Change speech speed Swipe left with one finger to decrease the speech rate. Swipe right with one finger to increase the speech rate.
Rewind speech Swipe up and down to replay the last ten spoken items.
Spell the word Swipe left to spell the last item spoken letter by letter. Swipe right to phonetically spell the last item (for example, Alpha, Bravo, and so on). Spelling can also be used with Rewind to spell the last ten spoken items.

Gestures for the BlackBerry Calendar

Task Gesture
Move to the next day, week, or month Swipe to the right with three fingers.
Move to the previous day, week, or month Swipe to the left with three fingers.

Gestures for the Home screen

Task Gesture
Switch between the work and personal workspaces Swipe down from the top of the screen using three fingers. Tap once with one finger to set the focus of regard on the workspace, then double tap with one finger to select the workspace.
Minimize the application and show your Active Frames Swipe up from the bottom. This is the same as the gesture used outside the BlackBerry Screen Reader.
Close an Active Frame Tap and hold with one finger, then move your finger to the app. The point of regard is set under your finger. Then, double-tap with two fingers to close the app.