Quick Reference for the Google Glass Touchpad

Part of the Google Glass For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Google Glass requires you to use the touchpad to move around various screens, and though you can get by with the basics, the touchpad also has more than a few "hidden" gestures you can use to gain access to features more quickly. Each gesture requires you to use only one finger unless noted otherwise.

Basic gestures

Here are some of the basic gestures you need to know so you can activate Glass and manipulate objects onscreen:

  • Activate Glass. Tap the touchpad once.

  • Move forward in the timeline. Swipe forward.

  • Move backward in the timeline. Swipe backward.

  • Go back to the timeline screen. Swipe down until you see the current time and "ok glass".

  • View Google Now cards and settings. Swipe backward on the first page within the timeline screen.

  • Go back to the previous screen or close a card. Swipe down.

  • Turn display off in a screen displaying "ok glass". Swipe down.

Video playback

If you want to play videos on Glass and manipulate video playback, here are some useful touchpad gestures:

  • Play video. Tap the touchpad once.

  • Pause video while the video is playing. Tap the touchpad once.

  • Rewind video. Tap and hold the touchpad, and then drag your finger backward.

  • Fast-forward video. Tap and hold the touchpad, and then drag your finger forward.

Website navigation

When you navigate a website on Glass, here are the gestures you need to know:

  • Scroll up the page. Swipe backward.

  • Scroll down the page. Swipe forward.

  • Look around the page. Tap and hold the touchpad with two fingers, and then move your head around.

  • Zoom in. Tap and hold the touchpad with two fingers, and then slide your fingers backward.

  • Zoom out. Tap and hold the touchpad with two fingers, and then slide your fingers forward.

  • Select a link or button. Tap the touchpad once.

  • Select text or an image onscreen. Double-tap the touchpad.

  • Return to the timeline screen or the card screen. Swipe down.

More gestures

You can employ other gestures to make some features of Glass move faster:

  • Skip the progress bar when sharing content. Tap the touchpad when you see the Sharing progress bar onscreen.

  • Skip the progress bar when deleting content. Tap the touchpad when you see the Delete progress bar onscreen.

  • Cancel an action that contains a progress bar. Swipe down.

  • Extend a video recording. Double-tap the touchpad.

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