2.1 Using Gestures and the On-Screen Keyboard

You can use the built-in gestures and on-screen keyboard on your tablet device to enter text, navigate the workspace, and start applications. A gesture is a finger motion that is used to interact with the touch screen on the tablet device.

When you are displaying an application, you can use the gestures shown in Table 2.1, “Supported Gestures and Their Equivalent Mouse Actions”.

Table 2.1 Supported Gestures and Their Equivalent Mouse Actions



Tap with one finger

Left mouse button click

Double tap with one finger

Double-click left mouse button

Tap with two fingers

Right mouse button click

Tap with three fingers

Display or hide the on-screen keyboard.

To position the keyboard, tap the desired position on screen with one finger before you display the keyboard.

Panning up or down the screen using the three-finger drag gesture is available when the keyboard is displayed, and you are not zoomed in.

Touch and hold, then drag

Left mouse button click + drag

Pinch fingers together

Zoom out

Pinch fingers apart

Zoom in

Panning across the screen using the three-finger drag gesture is not available when you are zoomed in, and the on-screen keyboard is visible.

Drag with three fingers

When zoomed in: Pan across the screen.

When the on-screen keyboard is shown: Scroll the display up or down.

Drag up or down with two fingers

Scroll the display using the middle scroll wheel on a mouse

Supported gestures are listed on the Settings page. To display the Settings page, tap the Settings icon on the drop-down toolbar when you are displaying an application. See Section 2.4.2, “Using the Application Toolbars”.

2.1.1 Displaying the On-Screen Keyboard

The on-screen keyboard for your tablet device is displayed automatically when you tap in the SGD login dialog.

When you are using an application, you can display the on-screen keyboard by doing either of the following:

To provide access to keys that are not available on a standard tablet device keyboard, some additional keys have been added at the top of the on-screen keyboard. See Figure 2.1, “Keyboard Extender, Showing Additional Keys for SGD Applications”.

The toolbar containing the additional keys is called the keyboard extender.

Figure 2.1 Keyboard Extender, Showing Additional Keys for SGD Applications

The additional keys on the keyboard extender are described in Table 2.2, “Additional Keys for SGD Applications”.

Table 2.2 Additional Keys for SGD Applications




Common modifier keys:

Esc, Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Delete, Tab, Windows key


Cursor keys:

Up, Down, Left, Right


Function keys:

F1 to F12


Extra keys:

PageUp, PageDown, Insert, Home, End

Snap key

Snap key:

Hides the keyboard extender. To redisplay the keyboard extender, display the on-screen keyboard.

When you are using an external keyboard, this key docks the keyboard extender at the bottom of the screen. See Section 2.1.2, “Using an External Keyboard”.

This key is only shown on iOS devices.

2.1.2 Using an External Keyboard

You can use an external keyboard, such as a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, to interact with SGD applications.

To use an external keyboard with SGD applications, do the following:

  1. Tap the Keyboard icon on the side toolbar.

    Alternatively, use the three-finger tap gesture. See Table 2.1, “Supported Gestures and Their Equivalent Mouse Actions”.

    The keyboard extender is shown, providing access to additional keys.


    The main on-screen keyboard is not shown when you are using an external keyboard.

  2. (Optional) Dock the keyboard extender at the bottom of the screen.

    This step is only required for iOS devices. On Android devices, the keyboard extender is docked automatically at the bottom of the screen.

    Tap the Snap key.

    Extended keys, such as Ctrl and Esc, are still available when the keyboard extender is docked.