Trackpad and Classic navigation keys

Users can use the physical trackpad to navigate and highlight text. The trackpad also gives users better control over the cursor or pointer and provides an unobstructed view of the touch screen. Highlights appear on controls as users navigate with the trackpad so it is easy to tell which item has focus.

In most cases, an action occurs when users release the trackpad, not when they click it. However, when users click and hold the trackpad, the action occurs before users release the trackpad.

Users can perform the following actions with the trackpad:

User action Result

Click the trackpad.

Performs default actions on an item. For example, launching an app from an app icon, or opening a list or grid item.

Click and hold the trackpad.

Opens an action menu associated with an item, if applicable.

Click the trackpad while pressing the Shift key.

Highlights text or highlights multiple items in sequence. For example, selecting multiple messages in the BlackBerry Hub.

Move a finger on the trackpad.

Moves the highlight, cursor, or pointer.

Swipe across the trackpad.

Moves the content on the screen quickly in the opposite direction of the swipe.

BlackBerry Classic also features navigation keys that provide one-press shortcuts for common commands such as answering a phone call or returning to a previous screen:

Button Function

Call key

  • Answers a call
  • Opens the Phone app

Menu key

  • Opens the app's action menu
  • Selects a highlighted menu item
  • Opens the app's application menu (press and hold)

Back key

  • Returns to the previous screen, or the Active Frames screen
  • Closes a menu

End key

  • Ends a call.
  • Returns to the Active Frames screen
  • Turns off the device (press and hold)

Best practices

Assign a default action that is performed when users click the trackpad.

Allow users to move easily from one item to another by swiping across the trackpad. For example, allow users to see the next or previous picture in a collection of pictures.

Allow movement between touch screen and trackpad interactions to flow seamlessly during a task.

Allow touch screen and trackpad interactions to complement each other. For example, users can scroll to find content using the touch screen and then use the trackpad to move the cursor to highlight a specific sentence.

Define the trackpad navigation path logically. You can set the path that the trackpad highlight follows as users scroll through your UI. Make sure that the focus doesn't jump around unexpectedly.

Avoid customization of the navigation keys. Users expect the navigation keys to work the same way in every app and context.

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