When using HTML Access on a device equipped with a touchscreen, you can use touch gestures to navigate conventional user interface elements in a remote desktop or application. This article describes the gestures that you can use in native touch mode.

Using Native Touch Mode

On a desktop device, native touch mode is the only touch mode supported.

On a mobile device, native touch mode is the default mode that allows you to navigate using standard touchscreen gestures. If needed, click the touch mode icon at the top of the sidebar to toggle the icon from trackpad touch mode (trackpad icon) to native touch mode (fingertip icon).

For information about navigating on a mobile device in trackpad touch mode, see Gestures in Trackpad Touch Mode.

Gesture Help

On a mobile device, to display onscreen help on the types of touch gestures you can use, click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar and click Gesture Help.

Gestures Native Touch Mode
Single touch one finger Single touch
Long touch one finger Right-click
Hold on one finger and move it Drag
Single touch two fingers Right-click
Hold on two fingers and move them Scroll
Touch two fingers on the touch screen, and move them apart or together Zoom in or zoom out
Note: Gesture help is available on mobile devices only.

Soft Keyboard

To call out or close the soft keyboard, do one of the following:

  • Click the keyboard icon at the top of the sidebar.
  • Tap the screen with three fingers.

If the device has a touch screen, you can use the following gestures to display the on-screen keyboard:

  • If Advanced Touch is activated, tap with three fingers at the same time.
  • If Advanced Touch is not activated, tap with two fingers at the same time.

Clicking

You tap to click a user interface element.

You double-tap to double-click a user interface element.

In a remote desktop, if you tap and hold for a second, a magnifying glass appears, along with a mouse pointer, for precise placement. This feature is especially helpful when you want to resize a window.

Dragging

As in other apps, you can hold down the button on the touchpad or an external mouse to drag a user interface element.

If the device has a touch screen, you can use the following gestures:
  • If Advanced Touch is activated, hold one finger down for a long touch and then release.
  • If Advanced Touch is not activated, hold one finger down for a long touch on the user interface element and then slide the finger to drag.

Right-clicking

To right-click, do one of the following:

  • Tap and hold one finger on the screen.
  • Tap with two fingers at the same time.
  • If the device has a touch screen, you can use the following gestures:
    • If Advanced Touch is activated, hold one finger down for a long touch and then release.
    • If Advanced Touch is not activated, tap with two fingers at the same time.
Note:

The advance touch feature is enabled by default, to deactivate the feature, add the disableAdvancedTouch:true configuration in the C:\Program File\VMware\VMware View\Server\broker\webapps\portal\WEB-INF\classes\portal-version.properties file.

Scrolling and Scrollbars

To scroll around a remote desktop or application, drag with one or two fingers. The content under your fingers moves in the same direction as your fingers.

To use a window scrollbar, use one finger to drag the scrollbar. The content in the window moves in the opposite direction to your finger.

If the device has a touch screen, you can use the following gestures:

  • If Advanced Touch is activated, slide with two fingers to scroll. The content under your fingers moves in the same direction as your fingers.
  • If Advanced Touch is not activated, hold down two fingers for a long touch and then slide to scroll. The content under your fingers moves in the same direction as your fingers.

Zooming In and Out

As in other apps, you can use a keyboard and press Ctrl and + to zoom in and Ctrl and - to zoom out. On a touchscreen, you can pinch two fingers apart to zoom out and pinch two fingers together to zoom in.

If the device has a touch screen, you can use the following gestures:

  • If Advanced Touch is activated, place two fingers on the screen, and pinch your fingers apart to zoom out and pinch your fingers together to zoom in
  • If Advanced Touch is not activated, there is no support for zooming in and out with the touch screen.

Window Resizing

Touch and hold one finger at the corner or side of the window and drag to resize.

For greater precision, touch and hold one finger until a magnifying glass appears, along with a mouse pointer. Position the pointer over the corner or side of the window and lift your finger off the screen. Then drag the pointer to resize the window.