Galaxy Tablet Touchscreen Operations

By Dan Gookin

Part of Samsung Galaxy Tab S For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It takes a certain finesse to work a touchscreen gizmo like a Galaxy Tab. Here are some of the common operations you can perform using your fingers on the tablet’s touchscreen.

  • Tap: Touch an object, an icon, a control, a menu item, a doodad, and so on. A tap may also be referred to as a touch or a press.

  • Double-tap: Touch the screen twice in the same location.

  • Long-press: Tap part of the screen and hold down your finger.

  • Swipe: Touch your finger on one spot and then drag it to another spot. A swipe can be fast or slow. It’s also called a flick or a slide.

  • Drag: A combination long-press and swipe. Long-press an item, such as an icon. Keep your finger on the screen, then swipe to another location. Lift your finger to move the object.

  • Pinch: A pinch involves two fingers, which start out separated and then are brought together.

  • Spread: The opposite of pinch; start out with your fingers together and then spread them.

  • Rotate: Touch the screen with two fingers and twist them around a center point, like turning a combination lock on a safe.