Use braille keystrokes

Important: BrailleBack is no longer required to connect to a braille display.

You can use keystrokes for devices with braille input keys. Keystrokes might vary by braille display device. The keystrokes we provide are common to most displays. However, your display may have additional keystrokes not listed here. To determine the keystrokes for your specific braille display, go to TalkBack Settings and then Braille display and then Braille commands.

Basic keystrokes

Action

Keystroke

Help

Dots 1, 3, 7, and 8

Activate

Cursor routing key, or Enter button

Touch and hold

Press and hold the cursor routing key or the Enter button (Dot 8)

Back

Space + dots 1 and 2

Home

Space + dots 1, 2, and 5

Next item

Dots 4, 5, and 8

Previous item

Dots 1, 2, and 7

Scroll forward

Dots 1, 3, 5, and 8

Scroll backward

Dots 2, 4, 6, and 7

Open TalkBack settings

Dots 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8

Open TalkBack menu

Space + dots 1, 3, and 4

Open braille display settings

Dots 1, 2, 7, and 8

Mute and unmute TalkBack speech

Dots 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8

Switch input language for braille

Dots 2, 4, 7, and 8

Switch output language for braille

Dots 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8

Switch between contracted and uncontracted braille modes Space + dots 1, 2, 4, and 5

Turn braille off

Press dots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, then confirm

Screen Search

Space + dots 3 and 4

Edit custom label

Space + dots 1, 3, 4, and 8

Next reading control

Dots 5, 6, and 8

Previous reading control

Dots 2, 3, and 7

Move navigation focus forward or adjust reading control down

Dots 6 and 8

Move navigation focus backward or adjust reading control up

Dots 3 and 7

Switch to next keyboard Space + dots 1, 3, 7, and 8
Play or pause media Space + dots 7 and 8

System navigation

Action

Keystroke

Recent apps

Space + dots 1, 2, 3, and 5

Notifications

Space + dots 1, 3, 4, and 5

Quick settings

Space + dots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

All apps (on Android R and above)

Space + dots 1, 2, 3, and 4

Go to top

Space + dots 1, 2, and 3

Go to bottom

Space + dots 4, 5, and 6

Next line

Space + dot 4

Previous line

Space + dot 1

Next window

Dots 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8

Previous window

Dots 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7

Start and stop auto-scroll

Space + dots 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6

Decrease duration

Dot 1 while auto-scroll is active

Increase duration

Dot 4 while auto-scroll is active

Web navigation

Action

Keystroke

Next heading

Dots 1, 2, 5, and 8

Previous heading

Dots 1, 2, 5, and 7

Next link

Dots 1, 2, 3, and 8

Previous link

Dots 1, 2, 3, and 7

Next control

Dots 1, 4, and 8

Previous control

Dots 1, 4, and 7

Editing

Action

Keystroke

Delete previous word

Dots 2 and 7

Go to top

Space + dots 1, 2, and 3

Go to bottom

Space + dots 4, 5, and 6

Beginning of line (press again to go to previous line)

Space + dot 1

End of line (press again to go to next line)

Space + dot 4

Previous word

Space + dot 2

Next word

Space + dot 5

Previous character

Space + dot 3

Next character

Space + dot 6

Select previous word Space + dots 2 and 8
Select next word Space + dots 5 and 8
Select previous character Space + dots 3 and 8
Select next character Space + dots 6 and 8
Select all text Space + dots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8
Copy text Space + dots 1, 4, and 8
Cut text Space + dots 1, 3, 4, 6, and 8
Paste text Space + dots 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8
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