Use global and local context menus

As you navigate using TalkBack, two 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.

Global context menu

To use the global context menu, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe down then right. (You can assign a different gesture in TalkBack settings.)
  2. The menu is a circle or a list, depending on your TalkBack settings.
    • Circle menu: To explore the menu, drag your finger. To choose an item, lift your finger.
    • List menu: To explore the menu, swipe right or left. To choose an item, double-tap.

The global context menu includes the following options:

  • 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 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.
  • Screen search: Search the screen for a term that you type. Learn more about searching your screen
  • TalkBack Settings: Open TalkBack Settings.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles, this option is outside the circle menu on the top right corner of your screen.
  • Text to speech settings: Open text to speech settings.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles, this option is outside the circle menu on the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • Dim screen: Reduce the brightness of your screen.
    • If you've set context menus to appear as circles, this option is outside the circle menu on the bottom left corner of your screen.

Local context menu

The local context menu contains controls that relate to the focused item. To use the local context menu, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe up then right. (You can assign a different gesture in TalkBack settings.)
  2. The menu is a circle or a list, depending on your TalkBack settings.
    • Circle menu: To explore the menu, drag your finger. To choose an item, lift your finger.
    • List menu: To explore the menu, swipe right or left. To choose an item, double-tap.

The options available in the menu change depending on the focused item. If there are no relevant options, TalkBack announces "No menu items." Menu 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.

Show context menus as circles or lists

The context menus can appear either as circles or as lists.

To change this setting:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Open Accessibility, then TalkBack.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Find Show context menu as list. To turn the switch on or off, double-tap.