Basic Nexus 7 Touchscreen Operations

Part of Nexus Tablets For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Nexus 7 touchscreen makes using the device a snap. Here are some of the common operations you can perform using your fingers on the Nexus 7’s touchscreen:

Action How to Do It and What It Does
Touch The simplest way to manipulate the touchscreen is to touch it.
You touch an object, an icon, a control, a menu item, a doodad, and
so on. The touch operation is similar to a mouse click on a
computer. It may also be referred to as a tap or press.
Double-tap Touch the screen twice in the same location. Double-tapping can
be used to zoom in on an image or a map, but it can also zoom out.
Because of the double-tap’s dual nature, use the pinch or
spread operation instead when you want to zoom.
Long-press A long-press occurs when you touch part of the screen and keep
your finger down. Depending on what you’re doing, a pop-up
menu may appear, or the item you’re long-pressing may get
“picked up” so that you can drag (move) it around after a
long-press. Long-press might also be referred to as touch and hold
in some documentation.
Swipe To swipe, you touch your finger on one spot and then drag it to
another spot. Swipes can go up, down, left, or right, which moves
the touchscreen content in the direction you swipe your finger. A
swipe can be fast or slow. It’s also called a flick or
Pinch A pinch involves two fingers, which start out separated and
then are brought together. The effect is used to zoom out, allowing
you to reduce the size of an image or see more of a map.
Spread The opposite of pinch is spread. You start out with your
fingers together and then spread them. The spread is used to zoom
in, allowing you to enlarge an image or see more detail on a
Rotate A few apps let you rotate an image on the screen by touching
with two fingers and twisting them around a center point. Think of
turning a combination lock on a safe, and you get the rotate