Pages for iOS (iPad): Touchscreen basics

Touchscreen basics
Touchscreen basics for Pages

Gestures are crucial to using Pages on your iOS device. These are the gestures you need to know:

Tap

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

One finger tapping a shape

Scroll, swipe, flick

Slide one finger up and down or side to side—for example, to see items outside the edges of the screen or to see more options in a list. Scroll quickly by swiping or flicking one finger rapidly across the screen.

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

A finger swiping up and down in a document

Drag

You can drag to move an object, or to resize an object or a selection range.

To move an object, touch and hold the object, then drag it to where you want it. To resize an object, tap it, touch and hold one of the selection handles, then drag to resize.

One finger dragging an object

Select multiple objects

Select as many objects as you want by touching and holding one object on the screen, then tapping the other objects with another finger. Use both hands if it’s easier.

One finger pressing an object while a second finger taps another object

Pinch open to zoom in

Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart. This action 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 displays the current page magnification as you pinch.

Two fingers spreading apart to enlarge the images on the screen

Pinch closed to zoom out

Place two fingers on the screen and bring them together. This action allows you to see more items on the screen. Pinch closed quickly to immediately reduce the page. An indicator displays the current page magnification as you pinch.

Two fingers pinching inward to reduce the size of images on the screen

Accessibility

To learn about using universal access features, including VoiceOver, see the Accessibility chapter in your device’s user guide.

Last Modified: Mar 8, 2016
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