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Work the Droid Bionic Touchscreen

The touchscreen on the Droid Bionic works in combination with one or two of your fingers. You can choose which fingers to use, or whether to be adventurous and try using the tip of your nose, but touch the touchscreen you must. Choose from several techniques:

  • Touch: In this simple operation, you touch the screen. Generally, you’re touching an object such as a program icon or a control such as a gizmo you use to slide something around. You might also see the term press or tap.

  • Double-tap: Touch the screen in the same location twice. A double-tap 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, it's better to use the pinch or spread operations instead.

  • Long-press: Touch and hold part of the screen. Some operations on the Droid Bionic, such as moving an icon on the Home screen, begin with the long-press.

  • Swipe: When you swipe, you start with your finger in one spot and then drag it to another spot. Usually, a swipe is up, down, left, or right, which moves displayed material in the direction you swipe your finger. A swipe can be fast or slow. It’s also called a flick.

  • Pinch: A pinch involves two fingers, which start out separated and then are brought together. The pinch is used to zoom out on an image or a map.

  • Spread: In the opposite of a pinch, you start with your fingers together and then spread them. The spread is used to zoom in.

  • Rotate: Use two fingers to twist around a central point on the touchscreen, which has the effect of rotating an object on the screen. If you have trouble with this operation, pretend that you’re turning the dial on a safe.

You cannot use the touchscreen while wearing gloves.

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