Using the Multi-Touch Screen

The Multi-Touch screen functions as both a display and a user interface that you can control with your fingertip. These are the three main touch commands:

  • Select (tap)

  • Scroll (drag)

  • Zoom (pinch or double-tap)


The Multi-Touch screen lets you tilt the iPad vertically (portrait mode) or horizontally (landscape mode) to make it easy to view data. No matter how you tilt your iPad, the Tap, Drag, Pinch, and Double-Tap touch commands work the same.

Using the Select Command

The simplest command is Select, which lets you touch an item that you want to select. To use the Select command, point at an icon or button, press it lightly, and then lift your finger off the screen. When done correctly, the Select command involves nothing ...

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