Get to Know the Kindle Fire Touchscreen - dummies

Get to Know the Kindle Fire Touchscreen

Before you work through the setup screens for your Kindle Fire, it will help if you to get to know the basics of navigating the touchscreen — especially if you’ve never used a touchscreen before:

  • Tap an item to select it or double-tap an item (such as an app) to open it.

  • If your Kindle Fire goes to a lock screen after a period of inactivity, swipe your finger from right to left across the yellow band that has an arrow on one end to go to the Home screen.


  • Double-tap to enlarge text and double-tap again to return the text to its original size. Note, this works only in certain locations, such as when displaying a web page in the Silk browser.

  • Place your fingers apart on a screen and pinch them together to zoom in on the current view; place your fingers together on the screen and then move them apart (unpinch) to enlarge the view.

  • Swipe left to move to the next page in apps such as the e-reader or the Silk web browser. Swipe to the right to move to the previous page.

  • Swipe up and down to scroll up and down a web page.

These touchscreen gestures will help you get around most of the content and setup screens you encounter in Kindle Fire.