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Pages for iOS (iPad): Touchscreen basics for Pages

Touchscreen basics for Pages

If you’re not familiar with the terms “pinch,” “swipe,” or other finger-gesture terminology used in this documentation, look up the term in the list below.

Tap

Using one finger, quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift your finger. Use this gesture to select an object or activate a button.

Image of using one finger to quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift your finger

Two-finger tap

Using two fingers simultaneously, quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift your fingers. Use this gesture to select an entire paragraph in the document body or within a text box.

Image of two fingers taping the screen
Image of selected paragraph

Pinch open to zoom in

Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart. This allows you to see a close-up of items on the screen. Pinch open quickly to immediately increase the page size to 200 percent. If you want an in-between size, pinch open more slowly. An indicator appears to display the current page magnification.

Image of placing two fingers on the screen and spreading them apart

Pinch closed to zoom out

Place two fingers on the screen and bring them together. This allows you to see more items on the screen. Pinch closed quickly to immediately reduce the page size to Fit, which fits the screen. If you want an in-between size, pinch closed more slowly. An indicator appears to display the current page magnification as you pinch.

Image of placing two fingers on the screen and bringing them together

Scroll, swipe, flick

Slide one finger up and down or side to side on the screen to move the content within the screen or within a window. This allows you to see items that are currently beyond the edges of the screen or more options within a window. Scroll quickly by swiping or flicking one finger rapidly across the screen.

Swipe or flick up and down to scroll through the pages of your document.

Image of scrolling the view within the screen

Accessibility

To learn about using universal access features, including VoiceOver, see the Accessibility chapter in the device’s User Guide. (In Safari bookmarks on your device, tap the User Guide link. Scroll down the list of chapters, and then tap Accessibility.)

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