Your HTC One's Touchscreen - dummies

Your HTC One’s Touchscreen

By Bill Hughes

To cram all the information that you need onto one screen, HTC takes the modern approach to screen layout. You’ll want to become familiar with several finger-navigation motions used to work with your screen.


Often you just tap the screen to make things happen (as when you launch an app) or select options. Think of a tap as like a single click of a mouse on a computer screen. A tap is simply a touch on the screen; much like using a touchscreen at a retail kiosk.

One difference between a mouse click on a computer and a tap on an HTC One phone is that a single tap launches applications on the phone in the same way that a double-click of the mouse launches an application on a computer.

2Press and hold.

Press and hold, as the name implies, involves putting your finger on an icon on the screen and leaving it there for more than a second. What happens when you leave your finger on an icon depends upon the situation.

You don’t need to tap or press and hold very hard for the phone to know that you want it to do something. Neither must you worry about breaking the glass, even by pressing on it very hard. If you hold the phone in one hand and tap with the other, you’ll be fine.

3Move around the screen or to the next screen.

Additional finger motions help you move around the screens and to adjust the scaling for images that you want on the screen. Mastering these motions is important to getting the most from your phone.

The first step is navigating the screen to access what’s not visible onscreen. Think of this as navigating a regular computer screen, where you use a horizontal scroll bar to access information to the right or left of what’s visible on your monitor, or a vertical scroll bar to move you up and down on a screen.

The same concept works on your phone. To overcome the practical realities of screen size on a phone that will fit into your pocket, the HTC One phone uses a panorama screen layout, meaning that you keep scrolling left or right (or maybe up and down) to access different screens.

In a nutshell, although the full width of a screen is accessible, only the part bounded by the physical screen of the HTC One phone is visible on the display. Depending upon the circumstances, you have several ways to get to information not visible on the active screen. These actions include drag, flicks, pinch and stretch, and double taps.


The simplest finger motion on the phone is the drag. You place your finger on a point on the screen and then drag the image with your finger. Then you lift your finger. Dragging allows you to move slowly around the panorama. This motion is like clicking a scroll bar and moving it slowly.


To move quickly around the panorama, you can flick the screen to move in the direction of your flick.

Better control of this motion comes with practice. In general, the faster the flick, the more the panorama moves. However, some screens (such as the extended Home screen) move only one screen to the right or left, no matter how fast you flick.

6Pinch and stretch to zoom out.

Some screens allow you to change the scale of images you view on your screen. When this feature is active, the Zoom options change the magnification of the area on the screen. You can zoom out to see more features at a smaller size, or zoom in to see more detail at a larger size.

To zoom out, you put two fingers (apart) on the screen and pull them together to pinch the image. Make sure you’re centered on the spot where you want to see in more detail.

7Pinch and stretch to zoom in.

The opposite motion zooms in. This involves the stretch motion. You place two fingers (close together) and stretch them apart.

8Double tap.

The double tap just means tapping the same button area on the screen twice in rapid succession. You use the double tap to jump between a zoomed-in and a zoomed-out image to get you back to the previous resolution. This option saves you frustration in getting back to a familiar perspective.

When you double-tap, time the taps so that the phone doesn’t interpret them as two separate taps. With a little practice, you’ll master the timing of the second tap.