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Gesture List

Gestures are made by moving one or more fingers around the screen, or by tapping with one or more fingers. They form a language VoiceOver uses to control your iOS Device. The folowing table lists all the gestures presented in the lessons at VoiceOverEasy.net. Gestures are listed in the order in which they were presented in the lessons.

Context Sensitive Gestures.

Sometimes the same gesture can have different meanings depending on what’s going on at the time. For example, the Single Finger Double Tap is the activate gesture on the Home Screen or Dock, and when the Current Item is a button, but it’s the Start/End of Field gesture in an active Text Field. The Three Finger Flick up is the Close App gesture in the App Switcher, but it’s the Next Screen gesture everywhere else. These are called Context Sensitive gestures. The context column in the table below indicates the times at which each gesture can be performed.

You can filter the list by changing the options below. For example, change the "Number of fingers " option to 1 to see only gestures involving one finger. Change the "Gesture Type" option to "Double Tap" to see all gestures involving two taps. Change them both and you will see only gestures that are made with a single finger double tap. This helps to illustrate the context sensitive nature of most gestures.

       

Gesture Name. Motion. Function. Context. Defined In.
Explore. Single finger Drag or Touch . VoiceOver reads everything your finger passes over. The last item your finger touched becomes the Current or Focused Item. Apple also refers to this as the “Touch" gesture. Any Time, except in Handwriting mode and Braille Screen Input. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 5
Where Am I. Three Finger Single Tap. Gives you information about the location of the Current Item on the display. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.4
Next Item. Single Finger Flick Right. Reads the next item and makes it the Current Item. Any Time VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.5
Previous Item. Single Finger Flick Left. Reads the Previous item and makes it the Current Item. Any Time VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.5
Read Top Down. Two Finger Flick Up. Causes VoiceOver to begin reading from the top of the screen just below the Status Bar. Any Time, except during a phone call. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.6
Read to Bottom. Two Finger Flick Down. Causes VoiceOver to read from the Current Item to the bottom of the screen. Any Time, except during a phone call. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.7
Pause/Resume. Two Finger Single Tap. Pauses VoiceOver. The item VoiceOver began reading last becomes the Current Item. Restarts VoiceOver from where it paused, as long as no other gestures have been used between the Pause and Resume gestures. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.8
Scroll Page Left
or
Previous Page.
Three Finger Flick Right. Moves through the pages of the Home Screen Grid in descending order. Home Screen. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.9
Scroll Page Right
or
Next Page
Three Finger Flick Left. Moves through the pages of the Home Screen Grid in ascending order. Home Screen. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.9
Increment. Single Finger flick up.
or single finger double tap
This gesture increments a Picker Item's value by one. Active Picker Item. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.11
Decrement. Single Finger flick down. this gesture decrements a Picker Item's value by one. Active Picker Item. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 7.11
Toggle Speech. Three Finger Double Tap. Turns off Speech until it is turned on with the same gesture. All other VoiceOver functions and gestures are still active. This is different than turning off VoiceOver altogether. Be sure to turn it back on before you power off your phone. If your screen locks while speech is off, you can press the Home button once, and then do a three finger double tap to turn it back on again. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 8.1
Screen Curtain Toggle. Three Finger Triple Tap. Toggles the display on and off. Turning off the display is good for privacy. If an iOS Device is lost while the screen curtain is on, placing the device in "Lost Mode" does not turn it off. People who find the device will not be able to read any message that might be on the screen. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 8.2
VoiceOver Help. Four Finger Double Tap. Turns VoiceOver gesture help/practice on. This mode can be used to practice the timing and motion of gestures, or to find out if there is a VoiceOver command that matches a particular gesture. For example, if a gesture is made, and VoiceOver is silent, then the gesture being made is not a valid VoiceOver gesture. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 1, Section 8.3
Two finger Scrub
or Z Scrub.
Slightly Separate 2 fingers and draw a print letter Z from top left to bottom right without lifting your fingers. This gesture has multiple functions:
  • Exits Help Mode.
  • Closes a menu without taking any action.
  • Functions like a "Back" button.
Multiple.
  1. Orientation & Basics, Section 8.4.
  2. Working with Apps, Section 4.5.
Activate. Single Finger Double Tap,
or Split Tap,
Activates an icon, presses a button, or puts a Text Field into edit mode.

The Split Tap gesture is made by holding one finger on the item you want to activate, and then tapping the display anywhere with one of your other fingers. The two fingers don't have to be from the same hand. For example, you can find the item you want to activate with a finger from your dominant hand, and use a finger from your other hand to complete the Split Tap gesture.

Any Time except in active text field. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2,Sections 3.1 - 3.3
Close App. Three finger flick up. Closes the app represented by the Current Item. The App Switcher. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2, Section 4.4
Next App. Four finger flick Left. Switches to the next open app, if multiple apps are open. Inside any app when multiple apps are open. Unit 1: Working with Apps, Section 4.7.
Previous App. Four finger flick right. Switches to the previous app, if multiple apps are open. Inside any App when multiple apps are open. Unit 1: Working with Apps, Section 4.7.
Next Screen. Three Finger Flick Up. Advances vertically one screen. You will hear the "Thunk sound, if there’s no screen left to advance to. Anytime, except on the Home Screen or in the App Switcher. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2, Section 5.2
Previous Screen. Three Finger Flick Down. This moves vertically to the previous screen, if one exists. Anytime, except at the top of the Inbox VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2, Section 5.2
Jump to Top. Explore then Single Finger Double Tap. This gesture jumps to the top of a long list. While the list is displayed, make an icon in the Status Bar the Current Item and quickly Single Finger Double Tap anywhere onthe display. Anytime, when a list of items is displayed. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2, Section 5.4
Item Chooser. Two Finger Triple Tap. Activates the Item Chooser. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 2, Section 5.3
Start/End of Field. Single Finger Double Tap.,
or Split Tap.
When editing text, jumps the Insertion Point between the Start and End of the Text Field. In an active text field. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 3.2
Dial. Turn Rotor dial with two fingers. Changes the function the Rotor is set to. The rotor can be dialed clockwise or counterclockwise, because the list of functions is circular. Not all functions are available at all times. Any Time. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 4.1
Move Forward. Single Finger Flick Down. Moves to the next Character, Word, Line, Container, heading or other item type skipping anything else in between. When the Rotor is Dialed to a Navigation Function.
Move Backward. Single Finger Flick Up. Moves to previous Character, Word, Line, Container, Heading, or other item type skipping anything else in between. When the Rotor is dialed to Navigational Function. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 5.1
Set Mode. Single Finger Flick Up, or Single Finger Flick Down. .

Changes the behavior of your iOS Device, For example, Increases/Decreases volume and speech rate, Turns Hints on and off, Changes typing mode...

When the Rotor is set to the Actions Function, this gesture changes the effect of the single finger double tap. For example rather than Activating an item, it may delete it instead.

When the Rotor is dialed to a Behavioral Function. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 5.1
Pinch closed Spread Thumb and Index Finger apart and place them simultaneously on the display, then move index finger toward stationary thumb. When editing text, deselects text. Be sure both fingers make contact with the display at the same time. Otherwise, this will be interpreted as a Split Tap gesture. Active Text Field. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 6.7
Pinch Open. Place Thumb and Index Finger together simultaneously on the display. Move index finger away from stationary thumb. Selects text. If thumb and index finger can't go farther apart, and more text needs to be selected, lift index finger while holding thumb stationary. Place index finger near thumb again and move index finger away. Active Text Field. VoiceOver Basics: Lesson 3, Section 6.7
Zip To. Single finger tap then drag. skips quickly through an index list by moving finger up or down. Contacts: Section 4.5
Select. Single Finger Double Tap,
or Split Tap,
Selects one or more options from a List item, or menu.
Selects a word in an active text field.
Selects an item from the Item Chooser.
Selecting Items from a list is different from Activating them. Selected items are not acted upon immediately. They are simply marked for some action in the immediate future such as being moved or deleted.
Any active text field, the Item Chooser, some menus and lists. Email: Lesson 1, Section 3.1
Stop/Start Action. Two finger Double Tap. Starts and stops an action. Examples: Answer or hang up a phone call, Starts and Stops Dictation, Starts and Stops music playback. Any. Using the Phone: Lesson 1,Section 3.1
First Item. Four Finger Single Tap. Jumps to the first item of any screen and makes it the Current Item. This action must be performed near the top of the display. Any time. Unit 3: Text Messaging, Section 4.1.
Last Item. Four Finger Single Tap. Jumps to the last item of any screen and makes it the Current Item. This action must be performed near the bottom of the display. Any time. Unit 3: Text Messaging, Section 4.1.
Previous Response. Single Finger Flick Left. Moves to the previous response in a text message conversation. in Text Message Body. Unit 3, Text Messaging, Section 6.3.
Next Response. Single Finger Flick Right. Moves to the next response in a text message conversation. in Text Message Body. Unit 3, Text Messaging, Section 6.3.
Refresh Content. Three Finger Flick Down This gesture causes your device to immediately Fetch new Emails from the server without waiting for the specified time between fetches to elapse. At the top of an Inbox Screen. Unit 4: The Mailbox Screen, Section 8.3.
Menu. Single finger Tap and Hold. This gesture activates a hidden menu of options whichaffect the Current Item. The menu options vary greatly depending on the item type and the Context in which the Menu was invoked. in Text Fields and List Items. Unit 4: Reading Email, Section 6.1.
Fine Adjustment Single Finger Tap and Hold
Then slowly Drag up or down.
In some Picker Items this gesture allows you to make finer adjustments than the Increment and Decrement gestures. Some Picker Items. Accessibility Settings, Speech Rate.
Drag. Single Finger Tap Hold, then Explore. Use this gesture to change the position of an item in a list or on the display. You can drag the button up or down. When items are present that can be dragged.
Start/Stop Dictation. Two Finger Double Tap. Starts or stops Dictation Mode in a Text Field that has been Activated for editing. When started, a single bell tone sounds to indicate the iOS Device is listening. When stopped, a higher pitched bell tone sounds to indicate the iOS Device is no longer listening, and is processing what was dictated. In an Active Text Field. Unit 5, Dictating Text, Section 3.
Undo. Tightly hold the iOS Device and shake rapidly up and down. Do this for a second or two. When VoiceOver reads the Alert popup message, "Alert! Undo dictation," stop shaking the device. Use the Next Item gesture until VoiceOver says, "Undo, Button," and then Activate the button. There is a Cancel button after the Undo button as well. Be sure you are holding the iOS Device and any peripherals attached to it very tightly. You don't want to throw anything accross the room. VoiceOver.net recommends a two handed grip on an iPad.
Undo can fix many mistakes. It can even "undelete" an email message, if you perform it quickly enough after deletion. However, there are some actions which cannot be undone. So don't assume it will always work. There's no substitute for being careful in the first place.
Unit 5, Dictating Text, Section 4.2.
Previous Year
or
Previous Month.
Three Finger Flick Down. Rolls back the calendar to the Previous month or year depending on which Time View is currently displayed. When the Calendar app is active in the Year or Month Time View. Its About Time: Calendar, Section 5.2
Next Year
or
Next Month
Three Finger Flick Up. Advances the calendar to the next month or year depending on which Time View is currently displayed. When the Calendar app is active in the Year or Month Time View. Its About Time: Calendar, Section 5.2
Previous Day
or
Previous Week.
Three Finger Flick Right. Rolls back the Calendar one day or week depending on whether the calendar is in the Day or Week Time View. When the Calendar app is in Day or Week Time View. Its About Time: Calendars, Section 5.3
Next Day
or
Next Week.
Three Finger Flick Left. Advances the Calendar one day or week depending on whether the calendar is in the Day or Week Time View. When the Calendar app is in Day or Week Time View. Its About Time: Calendars, Section 5.3
Create Event. Single Finger Tap and Hold. Use this gesture to begin the process of creating an Event on the calendar. The event will begin at the time on which the gesture was made. In the Day or Week Time View is displayed. nit 6; Calendars, Section 06.1.
Spacebar. Single finger flick right. Inserts a blank space. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.
Spacebar. Two finger flick right. Inserts a blank space. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.2.
New Line. Two finger flick right. Simulates hitting RETURN key. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.
New Line. Three finger flick right. Simulates hitting RETURN key. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.3.
Switch Braille Style. Three finger flick left or right. Change Braille Styles between 6 Dot, 8 Dot, and Contracted. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.3.
Change Character Set. Three finger flick up or down. Switch between upper case, lower case, numbers, and punctuation. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.2.
Lock Orientation. Three finger flick up or down. Lock/Unlock orientation to Table Top or Screen Away Mode. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.3.
Backspace. Single finger flick Left. Deletes last Braille cell entered. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.
Backspace. Two finger flick Left. Deletes last character drawn. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.2.
Delete Last Word. Two finger flick left. Deletes last word typed. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.3.
Current Character Set. Three finger single tap. Say current character set. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.3.
Alternate Characters. Two finger flick up or down. Suggest characters similar to the one you drew. Also allows access to diacritic marks like accents, and circumflexes. Handwriting Mode. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 2.3.
Exploring Mode. Single finger touch and hold. Enters Exploring Mode to find positions of Braille soft keys. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 3.6.
Autocomplete. Single finger flick up or down. Scroll through list of words your iOS Device thinks you may be typing. Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.3.
Immediate Translate. Two finger flick down. Translate current Braille entry. (Contracted Braille only). Braille Screen Input. Unit 8, Other Input Methods, Section 4.3.
Next Element. Single Finger Flick Right. Reads the next web page element and makes it the Current Element. On web pages.Time Surf's Up: Lesson 1, Section 2.1
Previous Element. Single Finger Flick Left. Reads the Previous Element on a web page and makes it the Current Element. On Web Pages Surf's Up: Lesson 1, Section 2.1

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