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Use global and local context menus

As you navigate using TalkBack, two context menus are available to help you find settings and controls. The global context menu contains commands that work anywhere, and the local context menu varies depending on the focused item.

Context menus can appear either as circles or as lists. You can set this preference in TalkBack settings and then Touch exploration settings and then Show context menu as list.

  • When the menus are shaped like circles, you can drag your finger in a circle to hear the different options.
  • When the menus are regular lists, drag your finger up and down the list to hear the different options.

Global context menu

To use the global context menu, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe down then right. (You can choose a different gesture in TalkBack settings.)
  2. Drag your finger over the menu to hear menu items.
  3. When you hear the item that you'd like to select, release your finger.

The following options are available when you activate the global context menu:

  • Read from top: Hear a read-out of all items on the screen, starting from the top.
  • Read from next item: Hear a read-out of all items on the screen, starting from the last focused item.
  • Repeat last utterance: Hear a the last verbalization again.
  • Spell last utterance: Hear a letter-by-letter spelling of TalkBack's last verbalization.
  • Copy last utterance to clipboard: Copy the last-spoken phrase to your clipboard in order to paste into another app or take other action on it.
  • Pause feedback: Selecting this option temporarily suspends TalkBack, including notifications and Explore by touch.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles in your TalkBack settings, this option is outside the circle menu on the top left corner of your screen.
    • Note: TalkBack resumes either when the screen turns on, when lock is shown, or from the notifications bar, depending on your "Resume from suspend" preference. You can change this preference in TalkBack settings.
  • TalkBack settings: Selecting this option opens the TalkBack settings screen.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles in your TalkBack settings, this option is outside the circle menu on the top right corner of your screen.
  • Text to speech settings: Select this option to change your text to speech settings.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles in your TalkBack settings, this option is outside the circle menu on the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • Dim screen: Reduce the brightness of your screen.

Local context menu

The local context menu contains controls that relate to the focused item. The options available in the menu change depending on the item. If there are no relevant options, TalkBack announces "No menu items."

To use the local context menu, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe up then right. (You can choose a different gesture in TalkBack settings.)
  2. Drag your finger over the menu to hear menu items.
  3. When you hear the item that you'd like to select, release your finger.

When you open the local context menu, the menu provides options that are relevant to the current context. Options might include the following:

  • Navigation options: Default, Characters, Words, Paragraphs, Special content navigation, Section navigation, List navigation, Control navigation, Lines.
  • Cursor control menu: When you're editing text, this option opens a new local context menu with options such as Move cursor to beginning, Move cursor to end, Select all, and Start selection mode. If text is selected, options can include Cut, Copy, Paste, and End selection mode. To move the cursor while in an edit box, you can tap the volume keys.
  • Links menu: When you navigate to text that contains links, you can open the local context menu, and select the "Links" sub menu to select one of the links included in the text.
  • Label controls: This menu allows you to add, remove, and edit custom labels for unlabeled content. Sometimes applications are missing labels on images. You can use TalkBack to create your own labels for the images, to make it easier to identify them in the future. You can manage the custom labels from the Manage custom label setting in TalkBack settings.
  • Edit seek control level: When focused on a seek control, such as volume or video playback, this option lets you set an exact value from 0 to 100.